Following sellout seasons of The Helendale Nude Footy Calendar and Fraternal, boundary-pushing queer theatre company Kissing Booth return to the Midsumma Festival to present their latest work, in association with Theatre Works.
This time they're turning their thirst for provocation and liberation on the modern Australian man. Leopard Print Loincloth is a dirty, hilarious, brutally honest jog through the prickly field of contemporary Australian masculinity. Taking inspiration from country music, #ToxicMasculinity, and Nick Riewoldt's nudes, Leopard Print Loincloth examines the requirements, expectations, and idiosyncrasies that come with manhood.
Leopard Print Loincloth was developed in collaboration with a community of over 60 Melbourne men, and is led by the award-winning creative team of Dominic Weintraub and Jake Stewart.
Inspired by a symphony of diverse testimonies, Leopard Print Loincloth is a fragmented invitation to spend some time with what's underneath the flannel and the business shirts.
"We were boys that were told to man up, and then, to everyone's horror, we became men. To the most official extent yet, men are terrible. And this puts men in an awkward spot. Not to mention the people that are stuck falling in love with them. When men have something to contribute to analyses of their gender's villainy, their offerings are often disregarded as tone-deaf, unwelcome excuses. With Leopard Print Loincloth, we've got something else to offer. Something more like an explanation." – Jake Stewart, writer.
Kissing Booth is an award-winning theatre company known for interrogating polarising and taboo subject matter. They are fixated on the darker regions of the human experience, without ever losing their taste for glittery gayness.
4 - 8 February, 2020
Tues - Sat 9pm
Venue: Theatre Works - 14 Acland St, St Kilda
110 minutes duration, with interval.