Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd

Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Christen O'Leary, Alex Menglet, Julia Zemiro, Jim Russell, Matt Wilson. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd

By Lally Katz & Chris Kohn

06 March 2009 – 28 March 2009 Beckett Theatre

Malthouse Theatre, Arena Theatre Company,

New Writing Theatre Collaboration World Premiere

Step back in time to a place where the great Vaudevillian Halls were filled with dime museums, knife-throwing dancers, comedians and minstrel musicians. It's 1914 and Melbourne's swelling Swanston River threatens to consume all in its wake, but not before one final night on the stage, one last chance to perform!

Charlie Mudd’s Castle is a hangdog vaudeville haunt, struggling to stay above water. Inhabited by the dead spirit of the last great starlet, it’s a place where men of mystery rub shoulders with mute acrobats and crook-finger pianists. And then there’s Violet the new girl trapped on this sinking ship, who may just hold the key to their very survival. But time is running out and the modern age is fast approaching - the great war, technology, the demise of Vaudeville.

Part funhouse ride, part creepshow nightmare, Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd unearths a half-remembered world of highly questionable character, in which a ghostly, clamorous chorus rails against the din of the modern world.

This play was the recipient of the 2008 R.E. Ross Trust Playwrights Award, and the 2008 Malcolm Robertson Prize.

 

Images that contain past practices that are harmful have been withheld from this production. For further information, please see the About The Archive page.

Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". Julia Zemiro. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Julia Zemiro, Matt Wilson. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Alex Menglet, Julia Zemiro, Jim Russell, Christen O'Leary, Matt Wilson. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Julia Zemiro, Christen O'Leary, Jim Russell. Photographer: Jeff Busby
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Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". Julia Zemiro. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Julia Zemiro, Matt Wilson. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Alex Menglet, Julia Zemiro, Jim Russell, Christen O'Leary, Matt Wilson. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Production still for "Goodbye Vaudeville Charlie Mudd". L-R: Julia Zemiro, Christen O'Leary, Jim Russell. Photographer: Jeff Busby

Cast

Mark Jones

Mark Jones

Composer, Performer

Alex Menglet

Alex Menglet

Actor

Julia Zemiro

Julia Zemiro

Actor

Matt Wilson

Matt Wilson

Actor

Jim Russell

Jim Russell

Actor

Creatives

Richard Vabre

Richard Vabre

Lighting Designer

Lawrence Leung

Lawrence Leung

Illusionist

Lally Katz

Lally Katz

Writer

Maryanne Lynch

Maryanne Lynch

Dramaturg

Chris Kohn

Chris Kohn

Director

Jethro Woodward

Jethro Woodward

Sound Designer

Jonathon Oxlade

Jonathon Oxlade

Costume Designer, Set Designer

Meredith Grey

Meredith Grey

Assistant Stage Manager

Darren Kowacki

Darren Kowacki

Stage Manager

Acknowledgements

A Malthouse Theatre and Arena Theatre Company production. Commissioned by Malthouse Theatre. Arena Theatre Company is supported by principle partner Bluescope Steel.

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