M. Rock is a magical new play, based on a true story, about the enduring joys of music, dancing and self-discovery.
In his distinctive language, Philpott charts the fortunes of 18-year-old Tracey and her grandmother Mabel. Tracey has just finished school, she's bought a round-the-world ticket and is flying away to soak up experience. By contrast, Mabel is stable. She plays piano for The Players, knits for the African appeal and looks after Hilda's cat.
When Tracey misses her plane home, Mabel sets off on a quest to find her granddaughter. But what she finds is her inner DJ.
Lachlan Philpott is one of Australia’s hottest writers, rocketing into the Sydney theatre landscape with the success of Silent Disco for Australia’s Theatre for Young People and Griffin Theatre Company in 2011. Based in Sydney his first play Bison has had sell-out seasons in Adelaide, Belfast, London, Melbourne and Sydney. His other plays include Bustown Catapult, Colder [Winner R.E Ross Trust Award 2007], M.ROCK, Silent Disco [Winner Griffin Award for Outstanding New Australian play 2009, Winner GAP Competition Aurora Theatre Co. USA, 2010, Winner best stage play at Australian Writers Guild Awards 2012] Truck Stop [Winner best play for young audiences Australian Writer’s Guild Awards 2013] and The Trouble with Harry. In 2013 Lachlan’s new works premiered at The Traverse Edinburgh, The Mac Belfast, Perth Theatre Company, Tamarama Rock Surfers Sydney, Canberra Youth Theatre Company and Brisbane Girls’ Grammar. Lachlan does extensive work as a teacher, mentor and dramaturge.