This is a repeating eventseptember 22, 2023 7:30 pm
A MODERN romantic comedy about sex, the internet and social democracy goes online at Harbour Theatre this September.
A MODERN romantic comedy about sex, the internet and
social democracy goes online at Harbour Theatre this September.
Written by former Q&A panellist Van Badham and
directed by Dr Melissa Merchant, Banging Denmark is a swinging satire on
men who claim to understand the female mind – and the online culture that
Feminist PhD candidate and blogger Ishtar
Madigan writes about misogyny and video games while Jake Newhouse is a pick-up
When Jake falls for a woman who doesn’t respond to his
usual moves, he hires Ishtar to help him get a date.
“Banging Denmark is a very
timely, and funny, play about actions and their consequences, shining a light
on what happens beyond the online world,” Dr Merchant said.
“It’s a fast-paced script with
multiple locations and, as one scene flows into the next, there are no
opportunities for blackouts or scene changes.
“This means the set must be
designed to accommodate an office, library, park, street and two living rooms
on a stage that isn’t terribly big.
“Using clever design and lighting,
matched with the actors’ performances, will make it work.”
theatre since 1995, Dr Merchant has worked with Heritage, Kwinana, Harbour,
Melville, Blak Yak, Roleystone, Old Mill, KADS, Garrick and Marloo Theatres, The
Revellers, Murdoch University and the Graduate Dramatic Society.
received a best actress award for her role in Insignificance in 2006 at the annual Garrick Theatre awards, as
well as scoring best actress nominations for No Names… No Pack Drill in
2015 and When
Dad Married Fury in
In 2006, Dr
Merchant directed a stage adaptation of the TV show Coupling, winner of best ensemble cast at the South West Drama
Festival – and her play Never Ever was
named best original script at the same festival in 2015.
“The appeal of Banging Denmark comes
from the fact the characters are recognisable and relatable,” she said.
“Van Badham has written five
unique characters more complex than those found in a typical romantic comedy
and the cast are bringing them to life in ways that will resonate with an
“That said, the play is also
very, very funny.”
Banging Denmark plays at 7.30pm
September 15, 16, 20, 22, 23, 27, 29 and 30 with 2pm matinees September 17 and
24 and October 1. Tickets are $25.50, $23.50 concession and $20.50 students –
book at TAZTix.com.au or call
TAZTix on 9255 3336.
Note: the production features strong language and adult
Harbour Theatre is located at 16 Lochee
Street, Mosman Park.
September 15 (Friday) 7:30 pm - October 1 (Sunday) 2:00 pm
Harbour Theatre, 16 Lochee Street, Mosman Park, WA, 6012, Australia