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Grand Gesture by The People as part of Love Fest

BY La Mama Theatre | 21-Jan-2021
Are you lonely? Unloved? In a long term relationship with your laptop? Watching too much TV? Do you prefer fantasy? Has that fantasy let you down? Do you miss real people? Do you hate real people? Do you feel subpar and ugly? Us too. Let us fill that void. Come and stare at us silently in the dark while we perform for you. Love us. Please love us. Please please please please love us… Please.
Venue: La Mama Courthouse
Address: 349 Drummond Street, Carlton VIC
Date: 9-21 February 2021
Time: Tues, Thurs, Sat: 6.30pm Wed, Fri: 8.30pm Sun: 4pm
Ticket: $30 Full | $20 Concession, $25 Groups 5+ (use the code word SQUAD when booking) Double Bill (see both shows in one night): $50 Full | $30 Concession (use the code word DOUBLE when booking)
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Grand Gesture by The People as part of Love Fest
Grand Gesture, Sarah Walker
I love you. I love New Year’s Eve. I love Romeo. I love the house you built me. I love Paris. I love the top of the Empire State Building. I love summer. I love my brother. I love dogs. I love Frida Kahlo. I love Ryan Gosling. I love mid-century architecture. I love Adidas. I love banana bread. I love my Macbook Pro. I love you.

Using verbatim romcom texts as a starting point and everything in the universe as an ending point, Grand Gesture is a take down of the one-true-love bullshit we have all been eating since birth. A verbatim pop Frankenstein monster created by theatre company The People, who brought you the sell-out season of The Bachelor s17e05 and the award nominated A Disorganised Zoom Reading of the Script from Contagion.

“…real-ness but with a dryness and an unapologetic anti-beauty-idealist aesthetic. It really delivers. It is a joyous and deliciously funny take down of a silly TV show, but the underbelly is real. Real lives and hearts, and real expectations from real bullshit that we are all fed, that many cling to…” – The Melbourne Critique (on The Bachelor S17E05)

Content warning: This production contains sexual content and adult themes (sexual violence), coarse language, haze, and drug references.

Co-created and Directed by Katrina Cornwell and Morgan Rose (The People)
Co-created and Performed by Joel Beasley, Eamon Dunphy, Matilda Gibbs, Joe Kenny, Michelle McCowage, Finn McGrath, Ruby Rawlings and Katie Rowe
Co-produced by Natasha Phillips
Lighting Design by Lisa Mibus
Sound Design by Byron Scullin
Stage Manager Brooke Simmonds

Running time: 60min