THE HORROR FACE
by Glyn Roberts

Premiere Presentation
MKA Season One, MKA Prahran
Jun21-Jul09, 2011

“So tell me who here feels like a lion? No one? Ok. Let me tell you that you are selling yourself short because I am here to tell you, you are very like one. Yes.” – Tariq

Tariq’s wife Angela keeps having dreams about the end of the world. Gary is a scientist who made Ivan. Ivan has been created with the DNA of every human and a lion.

The Horror Face began as a need to explore the essence of the human today. Borrowing concepts from Eugenics, Genetics, Humanism and Post-Humanism, it presents three interconnected realities that together accentuate mankind’s capacity for affection and communication as defining features of what we might be, and what we might become in the future.

This is a play that asks all the wrong questions.

PLAYWRIGHT GLYN ROBERTS
DIRECTOR FELIX CHING CHING HO
STAGE AND LIGHTING DESIGNER DAVID SAMUEL
FEATURING
SOREN JENSON, MATT YOUNG, ANNIE LAST & BRENDAN MCCALLUM

The director has made a name for herself as an experimental and Chinese musical theatre sensation, and now Hong Kong born Felix Ching Ching Ho comes on board MKA for her first English language and text driven work of theatre.

Written by co-founder of MKA, Glyn Roberts, The Horror Face interrogates the notion of what it is to be human with a dexterity that belies his 28 years. This is a delicate play; a gentle yet relentless exploration of our collective failures and successes.

“…Roberts is the sadistic architect of onstage suffering…”
– DAVID FINNIGAN

 

“knowing and jolly, hellish and stylish; great theatre. ****1/2″
– HERALD SUN

Running time 65 minutes, no interval but there is an amusing scene with a puppet

Warnings: Horrors

“Unsettling, eccentrically funny work”
THE AGE CAMERON WOODHEAD

“A creepy triumph.”
PRIMITIVE SURVEYS ANDREW FUHRMANN

‎”the surreal scenarios hit the perfect balance between sense and nonsense, combined with the sparkling dialogue, ardent delivery, you’ll leave the theatre feeling both amused and intrigued.”
FOUR STARS
TIME OUT MAGAZINE DANIEL NICHOLLS

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