Production still from the STC season of "Going Down". L-R: Jenny Wu, Catherine Davies. Photographer: Brett Boardman
By Michele Lee
10 May 2018 – 03 June 2018 Beckett Theatre
Malthouse Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company,
New Writing Commission Theatre World Premiere Co-Production
Natalie Yang's career is going up. Or, so she thought. Her semi-autobiographical sex-positive debut novel, Banana Girl, has finally hit the shelves, but it's not quite the best-seller she hoped it would be. The career success of her rival, Lu Lu Jayadi, an award-winning author of clichéd migrant stories, sends Natalie’s confidence spiralling out of control.
Natalie is only one bender away from cracking her next big idea, but it may take a shame spiral in a luxury shopping centre to get there. Her career come-down is about to get very real.
Leticia Cáceres directs this side-splitting comedy on the contradictions of Melburnian multiculturalism, from the fast-paced mind of Hmong-Aussie playwright Michele Lee (winner of the 2018 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, for Rice).
This production transferred from a season at the Wharf for the Sydney Theatre Company (23 March - 5 May).
"TWISTS IRREVERENT SEX COMEDY AND SARDONIC LITERARY SATIRE INTO A WARTS-AND-ALL TAKE-DOWN"
— The Age
"BURSTS OFF THE STAGE"
— Time Out
"CATHERINE DAVIES AS NATALIE IS A FIREBALL, SPARKING WITH ENERGY"
— The Australian
"A VIBRANT, LAYERED COMIC EXPLORATION OF STEREOTYPES...HILARIOUS"
— The Conversation
Production still from the STC season of "Going Down". L-R: Paul Blenheim, Naomi Rukavina. Photographer: Brett Boardman
Production still from the STC season of "Going Down". L-R: Catherine Davies, Jenny Wu, Josh Price, Naomi Rukavina, Paul Blenheim. Photographer: Brett Boardman
Production still from the STC season of "Going Down". L-R: Josh Price, Catherine Davies, Jenny Wu. Photographer: Brett Boardman
A Malthouse Theatre and Sydney Theatre Company production. Going Downwas originally commissioned by Malthouse Theatre through the support of the Malcolm Robertson Foundation.