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A Little Bit of Pain Never Hurt Anyone – Melbourne Season

February 8 @ 8:30 pm - 9:30 pm UTC+11

A new play for people and puppets.

“Hello, everyone. My name is Doctor Billy and I’m eight-and-three-quarters and this is my story. My friend is Jess and he is a stupid boy and he loves me to death, so we are going to go down, down, down together into the dark in our submarine. My mum says I don’t need a man, but she doesn’t know anything. He promised he will never hurt me so everything is going to be perfect.”

In this new work by Melburnian playwright Brendan McDougall, a boy and a girl who meet in a sandpit try to learn how to be strong independent women. As Jess and Billy grow up together, they come up against a world trying to tell them that the only way to be happy is to perform the roles they were assigned at birth. Joyful and sad in equal measure, this play combines the weird worlds of Lally Katz with the theatrical inventiveness of Caryl Churchill. It will move anyone who has ever felt trapped by the way young Australian men and women are instructed on how to love themselves and others.

It’s about fertility, footballs, and dads both dead and dying. This two-decade love story captured in 55 minutes is not to be missed.

Wednesday 7th Feb – 8:30pm
Thursday 8th Feb – 8:30pm
Friday 9th Feb – 6:00pm
Saturday 10th Feb – 8:30pm
Sunday 11th Feb – 8:30pm

Written by Brendan McDougall
Produced by Gabrielle McLeod
Directed by Ben Sheen
Designed by Alia Syed

Britt Lewis as Billy
Julian Dibley-Hall as Jess


February 8
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Butterfly Club


The Butterfly Club
5 Carson Pl
Melbourne, VIC 3000 Australia
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