Minneapolis

Will O’Mahony

Ever said something online you wish you could take back?

Boy is in hiding. He’s become the wrong kind of famous after a careless comment sparked a shitstorm in the twitterverse. Now the internet wants his blood.

Stuck at home and cut-off from the world, Boy has almost lost all hope when he gets an unlikely knock at the door.

But when your past deeds are only a google away, can you ever be truly forgotten?

Produced by Performing Lines WA, this subversive and comic boy-meets-girl thriller explores the limits of privacy, forgiveness and redemption.

 

Directed by Frances Barbe and Will O’Mahony, the show features acclaimed performer and broadcaster Andrea Gibbs, leading drummer Liam Hickey and exciting newcomer Tobias Muhafidin.

Minneapolis takes an unflinching look at the faultlines in our contemporary culture; an exploration of masculinity, hate-speech, and the grey space that separates the public and the private.

The inspiration

“Many years ago I was at dinner with some friends.” explains Will O’Mahony. “We were talking about Groundhog Day, the classic 90’s comedy starring Bill Murray about a jaded weatherman who finds himself trapped living the same day over and over and over again. A question was posed to the group: if you found yourself in his situation, knowing that in 24 hours all would be reset, what would you do? One by one we went around answering the question. Dumb stuff. Bungee jumping without a cord etc. But suddenly the group fell silent. Someone said something so awful, so shocking, so reprehensible and abominable and monstrous that it almost destroyed our friendship.”

MINNEAPOLIS is an incredibly clever and thought-provoking illustration of masculinity and cancel culture, never preaching a point of view but instead inviting the audience to consider the many points point forward to reach their own conclusion.”

Broadway World

Will has a knack for creating worlds onstage that speak directly to audiences across a wide range of ages and demographics due to the clarity and accessibility of his writing on what are often difficult and sometimes taboo topics. ”

Fiona de Garis, Executive Director BREC

It was a joy to be so challenged and mentally stimulated while being thoroughly entertained.  The writing was so contemporary and relevant but never preachy. My teenage sons were captivated from the first few lines – they loved it.  They said ” we wish we studied plays like this at school”!”

Francis Italiano

Credits

Creator
Will O’Mahony

Director
Frances Barbe

Performers
Andrea Gibbs
Tobias Muhafidin
Will O’Mahony

Drummer and Sound Designer
Liam Hickey

Set and Costume Designer
Kaitlin Brindley

Set Realisor & Costume Designer
Amalia lambert
 

Sound and Lighting Designer
Joe Lui

Production Manager
Ben Nelson

Stage Manager
Isabella Taylor

Produced by
Performing Lines WA

Information for Presenters

Following inclusion in Playwriting Australia’s National Play Festival and a nomination for the prestigious Griffin Award, Minneapolis premiered in July 2021. We are now seeking interest from regional and national presenters.

Duration:
120min, plus 20min interval 

Notes:
Recommended for ages 15+
Contains coarse language and references to sexual abuse 

Full-length documentation video available on request

Jeremy Smith Senior Producer

Presentation History

2021
Subiaco Arts Centre
Perth, WA

Project Partners & Acknowledgements

Produced and presented by Performing Lines WA, Minneapolis has been supported by the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries through its Western Australian Theatre Development Initiative program, and the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts. 

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