Taking on the theatrical adaptation of what is possibly one of the most loved, and important novels of the twentieth century, is not for the faint-hearted but Fleur Kilpatrick is not afraid of a challenge.

“This is a story I’ve always wanted to put on stage,” says Fleur. “It is a deeply painful and messy story – it makes war look foolish and embarrassing – but it is also very funny, full of delicious sci-fi, porn and aliens.”

Working with a play that comments on war, and the logic of sending children to fight in them, this play also has aliens, spaceships, human zoos and assassinations. Yet while these topics might anywhere else seem flippant – this is one play, that while a mixture of fact and fiction, is based on a real city, Dresden, which really was firebombed during a war, and really fought by children.

Adapted by Fleur Kilpatrick, an award-winning playwright, Slaughterhouse Five is a collaboration between Theatre Works and emerging artists from Monash Uni Student

Theatre (MUST) to create an intense, fast-paced, and darkly comical retelling of Kurt

Vonnegut’s experience of the bombing of Dresden during WWII.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Theatre Works in their exciting new season,” says Yvonne Virsik, Artistic Director of MUST. “A company that shares our values: that seeks diverse, exciting new voices, that genuinely wishes to nurture the work of emerging and established performing artists and to create conversation and community.”

Creating exciting new theatre that examines the meaning of war, performed by people no older than the ones that were once sent to war, see Slaughterhouse Five at Theatre Works this April!


Dates: Wed 24 April – Sunday 28 April, Tues 30 April – Sun 5 May

Location: Theatre Works (14 Acland Street St Kilda)

Tickets: Adult; $47.50, Concession; $39.50, Student/Under 30's; $32.50, Student; $15

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