a wild ride... terrifyingly realistic
A cynical, sharply political deconstruction of the exploitative forces behind the fairytale juggernaut, memorably performed.
A disconcertingly charming family of monsters
We are seeing in monochrome, post-technicolour, and it is glorious.
The myth... never has it felt so believable as in Hnath’s script.
totally blurs the line between art and reality
it exists to make one feel
an armoury of theatrical skills
utterly engaging and fascinating
real beauty at its heart
wonderfully unusual and perversely delightful
an incredibly diverse, thoughtful, and thought-provoking script
It was loud and uncompromising and exhausting and emotional; funny, poignant, universal
intense and exciting... a flawless performance
a femme fantasia
elaborate and dreamlike... fantastically inarticulate.
A thoroughly original work.
It made me prouder than I already am to be a part of this rich, beautiful vibrant LGBTQI community.
This wild-west lullaby is perfect for our queer times.
Bold, brazen and truly fantastic.
Manderson-Galvin’s writing soars
a glorious mess with a serious purpose
Deconstructivist, post-structuralist, feminist, transgressive, bizarre, confused/confusing, non-linear, provocative, brave, raw
An intimate expedition into the inner workings of the feminine mindset
illustrating how satire can be one of the most powerful of comedic tools... a clever and daring show
Freedom comes with a price
An adventurous and energetic show – fun to catch.
wittily acted and imaginatively directed, with an excellent use of hard hats and the Parliamentary mace
The Newman clan will never be the same again!
another outstanding original production
packed with political and social zingers
a fascinating exploration into the Australian gothic modes of storytelling
a damn hard act to follow
something to be admired, and occasionally deplored
Kerith Manderson-Galvin’s Being Dead (Don Quixote) plagiarises the plagiariser
an outstanding achievement
It’s not always clear and it’s not always pretty but it is compelling
Matching outrage with outrageousness, MKA presents its latest instalment of confronting political theatre
you feel the same vague disappointment you get when a film or book concludes with “…and it was all a dream”
a very funny work that messes with your head
hits you like a freight train
a kind of punk grandeur – scattering, bamboozling, then stark, plain and pained
4.5 Stars - Brilliantly Subversive
as moving as it is horrifying
the writing is beautiful
alternately brilliant and incoherent
unrestrained and impetuous
Nikki Shiels’ hilarious performance (as Zoey) which drives this production
new, and fresh, and current, and smart... It's a good one.
Hilariously undignified: Nikki Shiels unravels brilliantly
an entertaining night out for those who know and love theatre
incredibly clever and way funny and the actors are brilliant
an engaging work... does not disappoint.
The show’s final, beautiful coup de theatre feels rich in emotional potential
The script is tremendously atmospheric
The performances are strong from the entire cast but a particular mention must be made of Maude Davey’s subtle, credible and sometimes poignant portrayal of Harry/Eugenia
a rich and entertaining offering
A good play
the appeal of The Trouble with Harry is the poetic ear and alien eye that Sydney playwright Lachlan Philpott brings to his true-crime story
the most impressive work MKA has yet produced... a skilled and memorable premiere.
It’s political, funny, cruel, honest & what-the-fuck-have-we-done brilliant
a very entertaining experience. It's worth seeing on its artistic merit alone
a rousing if indulgent rag, a harmless bit of pop-political satire, intermittently funny, with lots of nervous energy and some well spoken monologues.
brazen, subversive and extremely funny
a highly entertaining and sometimes uncomfortable look at leadership.
modern razor-sharp comedy that is both relatable and intellectually engaging.
... this intellectually playful text.
Frenzied, subversive, anti-theatre explosion
refined text, truly powerful images
messy, kooky and embracing... disarming and highly enjoyable
Thank You, Thank You Love is extraordinary
a very smart piece of work with an important message
playful, thoughtful, scattered, indulgent and gloriously obnoxious
contentious, provocative and arresting
fractured, abstract humour making you genuinely laugh out loud
Affirming and thought provoking
It’s alarming to watch, frighteningly real and skilfully drawn
A poetic and mischievous work.
When words no longer suffice, blows must follow
The performances wring a sense of deep discomfort from the incommensurability of religion and non-belief.
brave, clever and fierce
brilliantly written and astonishingly courageously performed
darkly comic, ugly, cynical, anarchic, violent, sexually-charged and in-your-face
the joy of the festival
It is glorious.
damn good theatre
It is glamour and sadness and regret and lust and, at times, is totally offensive.
a lot of questions about the complex roles we play in creating theatre and what boundaries we should and should not cross
Kids Killing Kids comes together seamlessly
entertaining and thought provoking theatre
like watching a friend get really drunk and embarrass herself
It’s messy, it’s thought provoking, it’s unapologetic, it’s sexy, it’s fringe.
four short sharp stories
sneaky play in the very best of ways
MKA DO IT AGAIN
empty and self-indulgent
Sometimes keenly observant, sometimes hilarious, sometimes bizarre, sometimes enigmatic, but certainly entertaining.
The punch line is the first victim
an almost vicious refusal to permit its audience to become bored.
an all-out assault on good taste
MKA is creating theatre to change the course of theatre
humour is used for a purpose: to punctuate the shocking nature of the attacks, and to remind us that these were acts perpetrated by a human being – not an otherworldly monster whose motives can never be understood.
this is new theatre at its most exciting: uncompromising, fearless and unrelentingly, disturbingly human.
Who, really, I mean, really, could give a flying f..k?
MKA shoot adrenalin into the heart of Melbourne’s theatre
Wild, unorthodox, and often hilarious theatre
clever, witty, self-referential and unique
sure to excite
highly and rightly disturbing
Haunting, captivating, thought-provoking... not to be missed, not to be forgotten
what fringe should be
A reminder that while we would like to comfort ourselves with the idea of the mad loner, the Breiviks and Berwicks among us are made, not born.
fails to tell us anything the many news reports and documentaries haven’t already
slick work, well written, well directed and well performed
taut and tense, terrifying
a pointed accretion of detail, at first fascinating and then increasingly chilling and disturbing
MKA fail on many counts
spiky, colourful, rubber reaction ball of a piece of agit-prop
a blazingly, almost unforgivingly political play
A must-see show for anyone interested in how our society works and is structured.
Plays like this can perhaps provide an antidote
raw, passionate, and daring
no meaningful political analysis to this play
defies categorisation... a kind of uncontainable libidinal excess
brilliantly crafted: funny, flawed and a little bit weird.
immature and disappointing
I love that theatre like this exists
this is why we go to the theatre
MKA has done us a service in breaking our Anglocentric bubble and bringing this significant writer to our notice
a play ripe with intrigue, and rich with queer history, eroticism, intensity and humour. Go see it.
an unexpectedly fascinating political satire
a brilliant production
This is the most exciting piece of theatre I’ve seen this year
a natural and engaging writing style that illuminates her characters’ interior worlds set against an increasingly sinister external one
the writing is superb
a must see show for anyone interested in how our society works and is structured
MKA retains its new writing throne with
Hose was an excellent piece of theatre... Tinkertown was good in parts but with flaws.
an intelligent and considered piece of theatre
a powerful, astute piece of theatre
A potent and clinically performed work that excavates the bleakest extremities of home-grown terrorism.
a wicked take on political delusion
the kind of mind f*ck that leaves you wobbly and wanting more.
impressive, psychologically sound and surprisingly staid
an engaging work of theatre that is bold and unique
Thrilling piece of up-to-the-minute theatre
Gloriously awkward exchanges... Kerith Manderson-Galvin perfectly capturing the random awkwardness of the tween
this is the company to see
a great show with a lot of laughs
heralding a writer’s renaissance
A fascinating and effective piece of theatre
I loved this show
A funny, creepy and thoughtful hour that will leave you amused and intrigued
Surprisingly amusing at points; poignant at others and ultimately a very political play
an unsettling, eccentrically funny work, enriched by edgy performances
officially my favourite company this year
on the strength of this show, MKA is a company that will make its mark
The drama is carefully ravelled; the tone is even throughout; the pace is measured and the delivery uncluttered... and the plotting is especially wicked...
A thought provoking theatre journey