When sex.violence. blood.gore was first performed, it was in a basement, in secret and the company did not advertise. It was 1999, and it was Singapore.
In S.V.B.G enfant terible Alfian bin Sa’at takes the facade of a rigid, orderly society and peels it away to reveal chaotic and climaxing passions.
A repressed Geography teacher reveals her nymphomaniac tendencies to her 10yr old nephew during a visit to her sister. Two capital L ladies from a colonial past yearn for lesbian relationships with their Cantonese maidservants. Japanese soldiers visit their favourite man-whore for one last time after Japan’s surrender. Two working class teens meet a pair of transvestites on an MRT train. And then there is an apparition who is part pornographic star of ‘the World’s Biggest Gang Bang’, part first Prime-Minister of Singapore: Annabel Chong + Lee Kuan Yew. Annabel Lee.
sex.violence.blood.gore was a critical and commercial hit for MKA Theatre of New Writing in Melbourne and toured to Sydney in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers at The Old Fitzroy Theatre. It was also nominated for two green room awards including Best Female Performer (Whitney Boyd) and Best Sound Design (Claudio Tocco). The production was also listed as part of the best independent theatre of 2012 by Time Out Melbourne.
Running time 70 minutes, no interval
Strictly No Latecomers
Warnings: Contains coarse language; references to sex, violence and drug use; supernatural horror
“The standout theatre production of 2012. It was scintillating, sexy, provocative theatre.” Chris Boyd, The Australian
4 Stars: “both a nightmare and a wet dream… poetic, hilarious, deeply affecting and decidedly queer… It’s a terrific play, and compulsory viewing for anyone serious about theatre..” Cameron Woodhead, The Age
“rarely does theatre leave me truly hot. Giddy. Skipping down the street and punching the air. Like I was last night.
SVBG is such an important Australian artistic event.” Ming-Zhu Hii, Theatre Maker
4 Stars: “a seductive production…Catherine Davies is spectacular…Whitney Boyd is hilarious…chalk this one up as another win for MKA.” Time Out
4 Stars: ” Go see it.” Artshub
“This is why we go to the theatre” AussieTheatre.Com
“Stephen Nicolazzo directs a compelling production…The performances are outstanding.” Allison Croggon, Theatre Notes
”an engaging, absorbing, often highly amusing work beautifully presented by gifted, articulate, eloquent actors playing with restraint and irony. …Go MKA!” Stage Whispers
“a brilliant production… brilliant performances…” Australian Stage Online
PLAYWRIGHT ALFIAN BIN SA’AT
CO-WRITER CHONG TZE CHIEN
DIRECTOR STEPHEN NICOLAZZO
FEATURING CAITLIN ADAMS / ZOE BOESEN / WHITNEY BOYD / CATHERINE DAVIES / GENEVIEVE GIUFFRE / MATT ‘FOOT LONG’ FURLANI / AMY SCOTT SMITH
PRODUCER GLYN ROBERTS
SET + COSTUME DESIGNER EUGYEENE TEH
COSTUME MAKER TESSA LEIGH WOLFENBUTTEL PITT
LIGHTING DESIGNER YASMIN SANTOSO
SOUND DESIGNER CLAUDIO TOCCO
CONSTRUCTION+STAGE MANAGER NICK CASEY
PHOTOGRAPHER/TRAILER SARAH WALKER
FEATURED IN IMAGE+TRAILER GENEVIEVE GIUFFRE + EUGYEENE TEH
MKA S3 (MKA Winter Season / North Melbourne)
Melbourne July 2012
s.v.b.g. toured to Sydney in association with the Tamarama Rock Surfers at The Old Fitzroy Theatre.