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Brand new play shows the importance of friendship
Ghosts vs Skeletons is a brand new play written by Rose Bishop and Josh Chodsiezsner performing at Club Voltaire in the 2017 Melbourne Fringe Festival - on now until 24 September. Book your tickets here.
Set in a small office in the backblocks of a Docklands television studio, we meet Sarah (Rose Bishop), a writer turned producer at a major television network and her new intern Josh; enthusiastic, passionate about the children's show Ghosts vs Skeletons and eager to write new episodes.
Sarah is overwhelmed, underpaid, and sees life through a narrow black lense, non-sentimental, ruthless and does not suffer fools. Sarah is not comfortable with compliments, she cannot see her own success but has ruthlessly pursued her career at the studio, derailing it through her own self-sabotaging behaviour - working Friday nights, avoiding after work drinks, and firing peers.
Josh follows Sarah's career closely, reading all the episodes she has written in Ghosts vs Skeletons and idolises her, typical of a high school 'crush'. He is cutely awkward, sentimental, and connects to the characters and stories in the episodes.
It's a match made in hell, and things get real when Sarah realises the cleaner has deadlocked the office door from the outside. Tonight, Sarah is due to give a speech at her old high school on her success at the television studio and Josh needs to get to his dying father's birthday party. Now what?
Josh, the lock-in, and a bottle of old whiskey are the catalysts for Sarah to surrender her control and address her own ghosts and skeletons. Sarah identifies how emotional bruises from her high school years impact her ability for happiness and success and resolves to take action.
Ghosts vs Skeletons is a short play, with plenty of content and the intimacy of Club Voltaire is right for the experience. Go and see it tonight!