Ex­pose of de­prav­ity

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Mr. Kolpert.

SOAP­BOX Theatre’s next pro­duc­tion, Mr. Kolpert, is a de­li­ciously dark and de­praved con­tro­ver­sial com­edy that’s sure to get Gold Coast au­di­ences talk­ing.

Writ­ten by David Giesel­mann, the jet­black com­edy re­ceived crit­i­cal ac­claim in Syd­ney, Melbourne and at The Ed­in­burgh Fringe Fes­ti­val for its dar­ing sto­ry­line.

Mr. Kolpert fol­lows the story of at­trac­tive young cou­ple Sarah and Ralf who are look­ing for some fun.

They in­vite som­bre pair Edith and Bas­tian over for a din­ner party, and to spice things up, Ralf pre­tends the dead body of his col­league, Mr. Kolpert, is stashed in their trunk.

But maybe Ralf is not pre­tend­ing af­ter all. Star­ring Carly Rees and Sean Cur­ran as Sarah and Ralf and Sara Hayson and Jimmy Oden­breit as Edith and Bas­tian, Mr. Kolpert is di­rected by Stu­art Lums­den.

Lums­den says this play is not for the faint hearted as au­di­ences are led through a se­ries of games, twists and turns that in­evitably hur­tle into chaos.

Mr. Kolpert dares to re­veal the darker side of hu­man na­ture and then has the nerve to laugh at it, of­ten in ob­scenely graphic de­tail.

‘‘ Mr. Kolpert is a wicked ex­pose of so­ci­ety’s lust­ful ap­petite for vi­o­lence which in turn is repli­cated in much of to­day’s me­dia whether it be film, tele­vi­sion or video games,’’ Lums­den says.

The pro­duc­tion is part of the Arts Cen­tre’s in­au­gu­ral In­de­pen­dent Sea­son, which show­cases four in­de­pen­dent theatre pro­duc­tions and three work-in­progress ini­tia­tives.

The sea­son opened in May with Mix­tape Theatre Col­lec­tive’s quirky com­edy Es­cape from the Breakup For­est. Awkward Pro­duc­tions’ will fol­low Soap­box in Au­gust with the wickedly dark com­edy Un Nat­u­ral Se­lec­tion be­fore the sea­son fin­ishes in Novem­ber with the com­edy The Grand by Vic­to­ria Car­less, by White Rab­bit Theatre En­sem­ble.

Mr. Kolpert plays The Space, at The Arts Cen­tre Gold Coast, from July 11 to July 20. Call 5588 4000 to book.

Carly Rees, Mark Stan­ley and Sean Cur­ren (back) in

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