FRED @ Fringe Update #1

The production’s first promotional image depicts David McNamara and Ryan Stewart as Michael and Phillip.

From the Director…

In a flurry of excitement, the FRED the ALIEN Productions team was happy to reveal the title of our latest stage show a fortnight ago. Coinciding with International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, Michael and Phillip Are Getting Married in the Morning was announced via social media on 17 May!

We had been teasing our FRED fans for quite some time, with loyal Friday Nights @ FRED’s listeners already being let in on the show’s title weeks in advance – pays to subscribe! We were also thrilled to reveal an image of our leading men: David McNamara and Ryan Stewart as Michael and Phillip.

Here, Phillip smiles as he literally sweeps Michael off his feet outside the church. It’s a message of love, acceptance, and equality that FRED the ALIEN is proud to endorse… and one that is being told with heart and one helluva wicked sense of humour!

So, what brings us back to the stage? The team was having such a wonderful experience with FRED’s previous show, The Writer, that we knew we had found a medium that we could thrive in. Producing The Writer was such an incredible learning opportunity for everyone involved that we knew we had to return to Melbourne Fringe and Gasworks Arts Park.

Bethany Griffiths, David McNamara, and Ryan Stewart in a movement exercise, a part of the cast’s preparation for an intense rehearsal period.

Luckily, while producing and marketing The Writer, an idea for a new show came to me weeks before opening night. I pitched it to the team and they loved the concept behind Michael and Phillip. When The Writer wrapped-up, I spent the summer of 2016-17 developing a script. I was chuffed when the team fell in love with it.

And now that we’ve announced our new play to the world, it’s finally hitting home – we have an audience waiting for us!

Head to our Facebook page and keep checking to learn more about our latest production. We are thrilled to have you join us as FRED the ALIEN returns to Melbourne Fringe with the original comedy, Michael and Phillip Are Getting Married in the Morning!

Wayne Stellini is an executive member of FRED the ALIEN Productions’s team. He has written and directed episodes of UNI-Bums and produced FRED’s stage debut, The Writer, in 2016.

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