Sydney playwright disowns Perth production

Audiences at Perth Theatre Company's Alienation are greeted with a terse note from the playwright distancing himself.

Audiences at Perth Theatre Company’s Alienation are greeted with a terse note from the playwright distancing himself.


Playwright Lachlan Philpott (Truck Stop, Silent Disco) has made very public his unhappiness with the PTC’s world premiere of his new work, inspired by interviews with Australians who believe they have been abducted by aliens.

Philpott’s play opened last night at the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of Western Australia. Audiences attending the opening night found a note with the following statement from Philpott on each of their seats:

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts