Slaughterhouse Five

  • 24th April 2019 -
    5th May 2019
  • Theatre Works

    14 Acland Street, St Kilda

Adapted and Directed by FLEUR KILPATRICK
24 April – 5 May

A theatrical adaptation of one of the most loved, important novels of the 20th Century, Slaughterhouse Five is an intense, fast-paced, and darkly comical retelling of Kurt Vonnegut’s experience of the bombing of Dresden during WWII. ‘This all happened, more or less.

The war parts, anyway, are pretty much true. The aliens, spaceships, human zoo and assassination, perhaps less so. But there really was a city called Dresden and it really was firebombed during a war that was really fought by children. And Kurt Vonnegut Jnr really did witness all that fire and death as a prisoner of war. And he wrote a book about it. And award-winning playwright Fleur Kilpatrick really has adapted it for the stage to be performed by people no older than the ones we once sent to war.’ “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.”

“A hilarious and utterly devastating portrait of the human cost of war. The production remains faithful to Vonnegut’s idiosyncratic sense of humour, and his refreshing love for humanity.” Bridget Mackey, Playwright

Dates: Wed 24 April – Sun 5 May
Venue: Theatre Works, 14 Acland Street ST KILDA
Tickets: Adult – Student/Under 30s – $32.50 | Student Rush $15
Bookings: online or call 03 9534 3388

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