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Act IV presents Channel 8, by Melinda Ryan at Short + Sweet 2018

It’s short, it’s sweet and it’s oh-so-satirical!

Act IV Theatre Company is proud to present Channel 8 as part of this year’s Short + Sweet Top 80 (week 8).

Don’t adjust your TV set, this is not your regular broadcast…
You’ve heard of fake news but have you ever witnessed feminist news? What would your world view look like if information was delivered without gender bias?

Writer Melinda Ryan was inspired by the real-life stories and content of everyday news and lifestyle programs when she wrote her feminist short play, Channel 8. Inspired by recent news coverage such as Cyclone Debbie ‘doing damage’… to blokes given credit for sportswomens’ achievements, Channel 8 is a blistering parody of morning television.

Starring Naimh Burke and Riccardo Ingle as our TV show hosts Rachel Ryan and Sam Smith, Mel Ryan as Detective Darla Davis and Kaitlin de Lacy as Paula Page – our expert panellists, Annelies Tjetjep as political reporter Amber Andrews and Monica Ulibsrri as weather presenter Julia James.

It’s sometime satire, sometime scarily straight from the headlines… Come take a sharper look at your TV viewing content as Channel 8 flips the switch on gender.

Playing as part of Short + Sweet Top 80, Thursday March 22 to Sunday March 25 (Week 8) at Tom Mann Theatre, 136 Chalmers St, Surry Hills (two minute’s walk from Central Station).

Tickets $25 for the evening’s line-up of short plays.

Seats are limited so book here to avoid disappointment



What the critics said about The Naked Truth

imageBroadway World Australia: “More theatre like this, that tackles issues and emphasises the perspective of women, is needed and congratulations are due to Act IV Theatre for beginning unapologetic and unbridled efforts to do so.” Read more here.

Sydney Arts Guide: “Simpson’s play is well served by Ruth Fingert’s production which features bright, well orchestrated performances. The cast’s comedic timing is good and the show’s many zingy one liners are delivered well…this production delivers a good, old fashioned, fun night out at the theatre.” Read more here.

Suzy Wrong: “The women in The Naked Truth hold each other up, in spite of all their differences. They each make their individual life choices, and have encountered dissimilar obstacles, but with the strength of their sisterhood, are able to find ways to provide support for one another. It is a poignant story about how people can live in love and harmony, without having to conform and assimilate.” Read more of Suzygoessee’s review here.


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