NEW PLAY ‘THE EXACT DIMENSIONS OF HELL’ TO PREMIERE AT FORTYFIVEDOWNSTAIRS

by | Feb 22, 2024

“They told me I can’t see you again. Because you’re a pseudo-therapist, no evidence for what you do. A total fraud.”

Premiering this April, Mackey, Darling & Collaborators bring The Exact Dimensions Of Hell to Melbourne’s iconic Fortyfivedownstairs theatre, a bold new work from award-winning writer Bridget Mackey, directed by Alice Darling (The Fence, Darebin Speakeasy).

Deep in the Australian suburbs, we meet a fourteen-year-old girl who wants to be a witch, and an older man who claims he can teach her how. The Exact Dimensions of Hell conjures memories of Mackey and Darling’s own coming-of-age in the 90s, to tell a deeply personal story of gender, agency and power.

Opening on 19 April, the production stars electrifying performer Matilda Gibbs alongside internationally acclaimed theatre-maker Daniel Schlusser.

The stage becomes a ritual space activated by musician Christopher Gray’s mesmerising score and Meg Wilson’s arresting visual design.

The Exact Dimensions of Hell is an unflinching examination of the desires of young women, and a spell to eviscerate the forces that seek to control them. The season runs April 18 – 28, 2024 and tickets are on sale via fortyfivedownstairs.com.

Image: Gregory Lorenzutti 

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