By Dan GiovannoniDramaMelbourne Theatre Company


SLAP. A video of 16-year-old Immi hitting a security officer goes viral. BANG. Sofia’s impassioned speech for the victims of a school shooting makes international news. KISS. In the car park of a Wangaratta Woolies, people rally around Darby and Daniel as the boys lock lips in an attempt to set the world record for the longest kiss.

Can young people really change the world? Multi-award-winning playwright and MTC Writer in Residence Dan Giovannoni knows they can. In SLAP. BANG. KISS. he tracks three young people whose stories kick-start a series of events none of them could have anticipated, transforming them into global symbols of revolution. But when their stories go viral and the whole world is watching, what will they do next?

Portrait of Dan Giovannoni

Dan Giovannoni

Dan writes plays for families, young people, and adults. Recent credits include Loaded (with Christos Tsiolkas, Malthouse Theatre), Air Race (Arena Theatre Company), Merciless Gods (Little Ones Theatre), Bambert’s Book of Lost Stories (Barking Gecko Theatre Company), Turbine (Malthouse Theatre), Jurassica (Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre), and with Amelia Chandos Evans Cut Snake and Mad as a Cute Snake. In 2021 his new play HOUSE will premiere at Perth Festival for Barking Gecko. Dan was an inaugural writer in residence at Melbourne Theatre Company as a part of the NEXT STAGE program, where he wrote SLAP. BANG. KISS., and is currently under commission from Barking Gecko, Malthouse Theatre, and Melbourne Theatre Company.

Judges’ report

Giovannoni’s SLAP. BANG. KISS. is a tour de force in craft, pace, political commentary and social observation. It is compelling theatre with meaning and purpose that is relevant, hopeful and inspiring. An urgent reminder of the strength in the human voice, the collective will and the need for action. Beautifully written with controlled text for three performers playing multiple roles, presenting us with three strong stories that are familiar to us, seamlessly interwoven in a stylistically bold and highly theatrical way. Exploring notions of action and resistance, Giovannoni ’s work is fast, deft and simply powerful.


An extract from SLAP. BANG. KISS. is available here.

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