Melbourne Theatre Company will again partner with MPavilion for its summer program, showcasing work from two of MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers-in-Residence, Andrea James and Chris Summers.

On Thursday 19 December, Summers’ latest play, Being Better, will enjoy its first staged reading, while Monday 20 January will see Andrea James in conversation with MTC Literary Director Chris Mead about her new play, Sunshine Super Girl, which features as part of MTC’s 2020 season. A third event on Saturday 21 March will be announced shortly.

Performed outdoors in the elegant new MPavilion designed by legendary Pritzker Prize-winning architect Glenn Murcutt AO, and situated in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Gardens, audiences will have the rare chance to participate in the early development of new Australian writing.

Being Better by Chris Summers is a fast, fractious and funny romantic comedy for the 21st century. We meet Leo and Samira, played by Jing-Xuan Chan and Rohan Mirchandaney, at a speed-dating event and watch as they struggle to overcome bad habits, baggage and the bell.

Andrea James will discuss her approach to writing Sunshine Super Girl, the remarkable story of Australian sporting legend, Evonne Goolagong, a girl from the bush who rose to become the no. 1 tennis player in the world and a household name by the age of 19.

Dates & Times
Thursday 19 December, 6:15pm
Rehearsed reading of Being Better by Chris Summers

Monday 20 January, 6:15pm
Andrea James in conversation about her new play, Sunshine Super Girl

Queen Victoria Gardens, St Kilda Road, Melbourne (opposite Arts Centre Melbourne).
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