Dropped (2013)

Dropped Poster

A: I like to think I’m the butterfly rather than the other thing.

B: A man?

A: Yeah, definitely the butterfly.

Excerpt from Dropped, by Katy Warner

A darkly comic two-hander by award-winning playwright Katy Warner, in which military traditions blend with broken hearts and just a hint of Beckett …

Set in a room that is filling with snow, two women soldiers sift through the debris to find a sense of themselves amongst the memories and lies, pop-culture references and stereotypes. They have been told to protect the base but it’s been so quiet for so long and the vodka has run out, the radio is broken and the baby won’t stop crying.

Written by Katy Warner / Directed by Prue Clark / Performed by Olivia Monticciolo and Matilda Reed / Set and Costume Design by Lucy Thornett / Lighting Design by Amelia Lever-Davidson / Sound Design by Kahra James-Scott / Stage Management by Jemima Hogg / Images by Jessie Prince

Melbourne Fringe 2013 Awards

Highly Commended – Best Emerging Writer

Victorian Green Room Awards

Nominated – Best Director (independent)

Nominated – Best Lighting Designer (independent)


“Dropped provides a theatre experience that is not to be missed at this year’s Melbourne Fringe Festival; creating satisfying entertainment for theatre-goers who are up for the unusual and thought provoking. 4.5 / 5 stars”

ArtsHub, October 2013

” … Dropped is a very strong piece of theatre. Katy Warner’s script is brutal and moving in turns … If you like Beckett riffs and occasional screaming, along with smart writing and gripping, even sickening tension, then Dropped will provide. ”

Crickey, October 2013

“Katy Warner’s play is funny and puzzling and atmospheric, and I loved it, even if I don’t really know what it was about.”

Narelle Harris, Mortal Words

“There is an effective lyricism to the writing, as seemingly disconnected anecdotes are woven together through circular motifs. There are some funny moments, mostly dark and sometimes just outright absurd … The writing is witty and the two actors Olivia Monticciolo and Matilda Reed deliver their banter with confidence. While the message of the play is not explicitly stated, it draws out some interesting ideas about the way our brains cope with harsh realities and memories can quickly disappear – like snow on the tongue. ”

Beat Magazine, October 2013


Top Pick of New Work in Fringe in article Game for a challenge at the Melbourne Fringe Festival, The Herald Sun, 18 September 2013 (by Sally Bennett)

Images (photos by Tamaryn Goodyear for Fringe)


4 thoughts on “Dropped (2013)

  1. Stumbled upon your blog while asking the interwebs if I should wear red lipstick to my dance call for Oklahoma at our local theatre. Really enjoyed your writing, glad to know I’m not alone in my thoughts while waiting for auditions. Congratulations on your play! Love hearing success stories of fellow artists 🙂

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely comment! Much appreciated. I hope you did go for the red lipstick in the end … Would love to hear how you went! All the best, Katy.

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