By Oscar Wilde, Produced by Malthouse Theatre as part of the Helium Program, Little Ones Theatre, 2013.
Matadors and Madonnas star in this gender-bent re-imagining of Oscar Wilde’s cult biblical tale about religion, sexuality and desire. Just hold onto your head.
Two young men are alone in a palace. One is in love with the Princess Salome, the other in love with his friend. But when Salomé arrives, she only has eyes for John the Baptist, a prophet who warns all deviants that the saviour Jesus Christ is on His way. Compelled by his abstinence and pious will, Salomé stops at nothing to have him (in the biblical sense). As the moon grows brighter, erotic energy takes over the royal court and the lines between civility and desire are blurred through violent dances for power, melodrama, and the gruesome severing of one very famous saint’s head.
With an 80s new wave soundtrack and gender-bending cast inspired by the drag balls of Paris Is Burning, Little Ones Theatre’s Salomé promises a bold and risqué theatrical event with the potential for cultish fascination and more than enough eroticism to get you hot under the collar.
Salome played to a sold out season and was critically acclaimed for its uproarious and demented take on Wilde's classic tragedy.
With: Paul Blenheim, Alexandra Aldrich, Genevieve Giuffre, Zoe Boesen, Tom Dent, Peter Paltos, Nick Pelomis.
Director: Stephen Nicolazzo
Dramaturgy/Adaptation: Natalia Savvides
Set Design: Eugyeene Teh
Costume Design: Tessa Leigh Wolfenbuttel Pitt and Eugyeene Teh
Lighting Design: Katie Sfetkidis
Sound Design: Nate Edmondson
Choreography: Kurt Phelan
Stage Manager: Harriet Gregory
Production Manager: Rebecca Poulter