THE LAST TRAIN TO MADELINE
a new play by CALLUM MACKAY
"You called me and made me come, for what? To say goodbye?
Well you won't have me like this."
Luke stands beside a bike, shuffling his feet in the dirt. The afternoon sun dances across the horizon, playing tricks like a twice exposed photograph. The sky is thick, heavy with impending rain. The smell of dead grass, dirt and old cigarettes fills the air. This is a magical corner of the universe. This is Madeline's home. A train hurtles by and the memory begins again...
Callum Mackay's debut play is a piece defined by its raw, funny and honest examination of friendship, young love and the complexities of letting go. A coming of age tale for a time where young people are confronted with uncertainty at every turn, The Last Train to Madeline examines the innate, and sometimes dangerous compulsion to search for an understanding of one's own identity through the eyes of another.
The Last Train to Madeline marks Patalog Theatre's highly anticipated return to the Melbourne Independent Stage and fortyfivedownstairs following series of critical successes; namely Punk Rock (2019) at fortyfivedownstairs and Tusk Tusk (2019) at St Martins Youth Arts Centre.
COMING SOON to fortyfivedownstairs - 2nd - 13th of November, 2022
CAMERON WOODHEAD, The Age (for Punk Rock, 2019)
MELINDA KEYTE, ArtsHub (for Punk Rock, 2019)
"Written by a young playwright, performed by young actors and conceptualised by young creatives, the audience is notably young. Perhaps literary directors would do well to see this performance and allow it to inform future programming, as its success and dynamism indicates the necessity for young voices in the theatre."
LUCY HOLZ, The Dialog (for Tusk Tusk, 2019)