Mungbean: Friendship, heartbreak and Vegemite, a story about growing up in rural Australia.
Inspired by writer Eloise and director Terence’s own upbringings in Denmark, Western Australia, Mungbean is a story following three friends growing up in a small country town. It’s the start of year ten and new kid on the block Mungbean wants nothing more than to fit in. Before long she stumbles across Moose and April’s turf and the three hit it off immediately. Bonding over a love of Vegemite, make-believe, school and trying beer for the first time these three are rarely seen apart. But friendships aren’t always easy when you live in a town that only has one main road, everyone knows everyone and that isn’t always a good thing, especially when it concerns April getting revenge on a bully…and now April’s being sent to a boarding school in the city and nothing will ever be the way it was again.
Form and Style:
Mungbean is a coming-of-age Australian drama set in a rural town. Exploring the conflicts of friendship, class, loss and family Mungbean offers a refreshing lens examining the experience of what it’s really like to grow up in a small community. It does this by demonstrating how ones family, friends and environment can shape who they become. It is a story that can be found right on our city’s doorstep, but to be more exact roughly five hundred kilometers away.
Community and Audience Engagement:
Mungbean has been created through the shared experience of writer Eloise Carter and director Terence Smith and their own experiences of growing up together in the regional town of Denmark, Western Australia. It is in both Smith and Carter’s best interests that they ensure Mungbean is accessible to all audiences and engages directly to meet the needs and desires of the communities it is shown in. They are able for hosting post-show Q&A’s, visits to local schools, writing and directing workshops and are more than happy to communicate directly with each community to establish and facilitate beneficial community engagements activities.
Beyond the Yard is able to supply venues with professional artwork and posters to be used in the town as well as provide access to a promotional video and a media release package. Artists from Beyond the Yard are happy to be interviewed by the venues, newspapers and relevant radio stations in order to generate interest in Mungbean before a season.
For Mungbean: “I really enjoyed the show. It was well constructed and directed. The performance completely engaged the audience and swept us along with the through line of the text. It was well directed and full of strong performances, humour and pathos. It excites me that a work has been with the “underrepresented” in mind – that provides many access points and has a unique voice in the sector. The work was of high quality and it is evident that thought has been given to the longevity of the piece. If Beyond the Yard continues to make work of this quality, then the company is certainly going places.” – Ryan Taafe (Circuit West)
For Previous Work – 52 Hertz: “52 Hertz is a prime example of minimalism done right, with an easy to follow dynamic plot, unique and real characters and a deep message about isolation to take away. 4 and 1/2 stars” –Jordan Baynes (Fourth Wall Media)
For Previous Work – Tragedies of modern relationships reflected in the forlorn existence of a lost whale. Innovative and well-performed theatre in the midst of the FringeWorld whirl, 52 Hertz features strong characters, contemporary relevant themes and simple yet effective production values that do justice to a fascinating and insightful script. 4 stars” – Nerida Dickinson (Performing Arts Hub)
AvailabilityReady to Tour Now
AudienceThis production shares the perspectives of young Australians in a positive and well-constructed manner and as a result can appeal to a younger audience and is aimed at those aged fourteen to twenty-five. It has become a rarity to find a show that shows and represents youth as the protagonists of their own story. Along with this, it is also rare to find a cultural experience that is appropriate and accessible for all people. Mungbean encourages those from all backgrounds and age brackets to come and share this world in which there will be a different takeaway for everyone.
Duration50mins, no interval
Bump InMin. 3hrs
Bump OutMax. 2hrs
Costs- Daily Performance Fee: $1,700
- Weekly Fee: $7,600
- Remount: $6,400
- 10% royalties
*Above fees do not include touring costs
Company ContactsTerence Smith
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Venue FormatBest working in a black box or proscenium arch stage space
Touring Party5-6 Artists
Bump-in Time: Min. 3hrs
Bump-out Time: Max. 2hrs
First Possible Performance: 2hrs after bump-in
Minimum Break Between Shows: 2-3hrs
Theatre formats: Best working in a black box or proscenium arch stage space
Minimum stage width: ~5m
Minimum stage depth: ~6m
Minimum stage height: ~5m
Minimum Wing Space: Just enough to allow actors to enter and exit from.
Set description: The set comprises of a large umbrella parasol and stand – this is collapsible and easy to bump-in/bump-out, in addition to this we also use several milk crates and chairs to fill the space.
Staging description: The primary action of the piece takes place around the umbrella parasol and stand which is located slightly off CS to SR. Actors enter and exit the stage throughout performance.
Lighting – provided by company: We do not have our own lighting equipment but will supply a lighting designer, and any additional on stage lighting used and accessed by actors in the performance.
Lighting requirements – to be provided by venue: The show is easily adaptable to fix its lighting requirements as necessary, ideally we are able to operate the show with a lighting rig allowing a full stage day wash, a centre special, front light and side light, a DSR special and gels/LEDS allowing a colour change of blue/orange and red.
Audio – provided by company: Audio will be supplied by Beyond the Yard through QLab on a working laptop.
Audio Requirements – to be provided by venue: A speaker system set-up to connect to our own audio equipment.
No. of additional lighting staff required from venue: 1 (not necessary, we have our own lighting designer who is well versed in using different venue spaces and lighting rigs)
No. of additional sound staff required from venue: 1
No. multi-taskers required from venue: N/A
Dressing rooms required: 1