From 31 January to 4 February 2024 inclusive, Arts Centre Melbourne’s Fairfax Studio will showcase Overflow, a production by the acclaimed UK writer Travis Alabanza, featuring direction by Dino Dimitriadis. The play delves into the intricacies of women’s bathrooms, probing questions about inclusion and exclusion… who is allowed in and who is kept out from the bathrooms.
The story is brought to life through Rosie (performed by Janet Anderson), a young trans woman who finds herself trapped in an overflowing bathroom cubicle. Instead of seeking rescue, she immerses herself in memories of past bathroom experiences: deep conversations beside stained sinks and bonds formed in front of packed mirrors.
Overflow has already garnered attention for its groundbreaking ensemble. Last year, the play made its mark in Australia at the Darlinghurst Theatre. It was notable not just for its content but also for its production team, which was composed entirely of trans and gender-diverse individuals, a rare but very much welcome in mainstage Australian theatre.
Commenting on this new announcement, Director Dino Dimitriadis shared the following:
Also providing comments on this announcement is Janet Anderson, the show’s sole cast member, who shared:
In the lead-up to its Melbourne dates, Overflow will be part of Brisbane’s MELT Festival, running from 23 – 26 November 2023. Furthermore, the show’s community engagement team will be arranging experiences around the show through pop up activations and access opportunities taking place throughout the season. This includes a quiet space, Auslan interpretation, audio description, tactile tour and a relaxed performance. Now that is pretty impressive.
Ticketing information for this production can be found via the Arts Centre Melbourne website.
Overflow Cast and Creatives
|Playwright||Travis Alabanza (they/them)|
|Director and Set Designer||Dino Dimitriadis (they/them)|
|Rosie / Performer||Janet Anderson (she/her)|
|Sound Associate||Aisling Bermingham (she/her)|
|Lighting Designer||Benjamin Brockman (he/they)|
|Sound Designer and Composer||Danni A. Esposito (they/them)|
|Movement Director||Fetu Taku (she/her/they/them)|
|Community Engagement Lead & Touring Producer||Dino Dimitriadis (they/them)|
|Costume Designer and Community Engagement||Jamaica Moana (she/he)|
|Community Engagement||Loz Foy (they/them)|
|Community Engagement||Tommy Misa (they/them)|
|Community Engagement||Ro Bright (they/them)|