Same storm? Some of us are in luxury liners, others in wrecks and jetsam
Directed by Sarah Giles and written by Flanders, the series’ cast includes Zenya Carmellotti, Will
Conyers and Natalie Gamsu. Some actors worked on cruise ships and Flanders worked in theater restaurants for several years.
“I know the world of shows with great appeal to people who don’t normally go to any theater,” he says.
The most recent 40 years shows End of. and Ash Flanders is NOTHING explored mortality, health, love and the meaning of life; SS metaphor is a distinct change in tempo. Expect bad accents, wigs and faux pas, he says, and slapstick comedy; a loot of characters on stage and through the audience. “It’s very physical – I sweat a lot, it’s great for the body after confinement.”
“I really wanted to remind people what live events can be like,” says Flanders. “The good thing about cabaret is that it can make you feel that we are all of this together. The show has some pretty serious stuff to say, like everything I do, under a very thick layer of comedy and silliness.
“I like to be heartbreaking and ridiculous at the same time. This show is light on heartbreak – it’s sharper than sad. There’s a certain anger in the show buried under that cruise show veneer.”
Ashes of Flanders’ SS metaphor is at the Malthouse Outdoor Stage from December 5th to 19th.