Christos Tsiolkas and Dan Giovannoni’s stage adaptation of Loaded to be reimagined as an audio play, with a complementary panel event, Reloading Loaded

Malthouse Theatre’s world premiere production of Loaded will be reimagined as an immersive four-part digital audio play, given it can no longer proceed on the stage as planned for season 2020, due to the current restrictions on live theatre.

Award winning Melbourne playwright and theatre maker Dan Giovannoni (Turbine) has teamed up with Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) to adapt Tsiolkas’ 1995 debut novel into an audio play — rewriting Ari’s odyssey from a 21st century perspective.

Directed by Stephen Nicolazzo (Merciless Gods) and featuring Roy Joseph (Five Bedrooms), this queer migrant history follows 19-year-old Ari — a Greek, gay, and unemployed adolescent in 90s Melbourne — as he searches for an escape, of sorts, via sex, drugs, and dance clubs.

In partnership with The Wheeler Centre, Malthouse Theatre will run a companion panel event, Reloading Loaded with author Christos Tsiolkas, writer Dan Giovannoni, director Stephen Nicolazzo, and facilitator Rebecca Harkins-Cross. The panel members will discuss Melbourne scenes, adaptation hurdles, and why Ari is a character that never gets old

The Loaded audio experience is available exclusively to existing ticket holders on Monday, 19 October. On sale to the public from Friday, 30 October.

Presented in four episodes with accompanying visual elements and available for download through Bandcamp via for $25.

Total duration is 104 minutes and the episodes range from 15 – 35 minutes each.

 Reloading Loaded will be available to watch from Tuesday, 10 November at