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29TH APRIL - 2ND MAY, 2021 

48 Clifton Street Prahran VIC





After lockdown, Charlie decides to give up pornography and hit the gay dating scene. Sex proves to be a disastrous distraction from self-loathing, and he soon realises that being emotionally unhinged, cynical and bored makes him a difficult romantic candidate. Also, his pet goldfish Bob is horribly depressed.

PROTEIN is a sassy laugh-out-loud one-handed show that follows soy-boy Charlie over the course of a few unfortunate days. This 60-minute new Australian work promises an energetic and hilarious performance by emerging playwright  A. J. Ridefelt, depicting the search for morality and love in modern adulthood.


A. J. Ridefelt is a Melbourne-based writer known for his witty and thought-provoking work. Writing credits include Post A New Musical (Something Blue Productions 2019), Songs of the Northern River (The MC Showroom Hatchery Sponsorship 2019) and Tied Up With Strings (Hope. New Works Development Initiative 2020).


Protein premieres on the 29th of April for a strictly limited four-night season.

Please be advised this show contains mature themes, course language and sexual references. Parental discretion recommended for people under the age of 18.


Clary Riven is a director born in Caracas, Venezuela. Some of Clary’s recent credits include directing ‘Rebel: A New Musical’ (2019- Greenroom Award nomination for Best Ensemble), ‘Drew Downing’s Ultimate 90’s Playlist’ (2019), ‘God Only Knows: Songs of Brian Wilson’ (2018-2019), ‘Tinder Tales: A New Musical’ (2018), ‘Beautiful Things: A new musical Workshop’ (2018), ‘Sonder: A Charity Concert’ (2017) and has assistant directed on various productions such as Stageart’s ‘Memphis’ (2017) and ‘Bare’ (2018)


Kelly Yoon is a South Korean Australian art curator, producer and public programmer based in Melbourne. She explores race, ethnicity, language, gender, and political beliefs from her cross-cultural perspective as a 1.5 generation immigrant. Kelly takes a holistic approach to generate creative experiences through productions that focus on community engagement with a visual arts and cultural studies background. She has worked with various types of spaces such as libraries (Melbourne University ERC Libraries & Moonee Valley Libraries) and commercial buildings (LOTTE & Korean National Bank) to transform them into something creative and experiential. Kelly is currently working as a Public Programs Coordinator at Trocadero Art Space in Footscray Melbourne and has curated shows for SEVENTH Gallery, Artspace, George Paton Gallery, and Art Nine Gallery. In 2018, Kelly won the Best Emerging Artist/Curator Award at Melbourne Fringe Festival to produce a multi-venue exhibition, “Colliding Borders Multiple Senses of Belonging.” Kelly believes art has the power to change the world, that it helps us understand who we are and brings communities together. She is thrilled to be part of Protein and Midsumma Festival this year.

PHOTO CREDIT: Jeonghun Shin


Spencer is a lighting designer and technician, with a keen eye for detail, working across all forms of live performance, including theatre, concerts and events, and nightclubs. Graduating from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (Bachelor of Performing Arts - Production & Design, Specialisation in Lighting, 2018), he hopes to bring a new and innovative outlook into the industry as a collaborative and dynamic artist through new Australian works, queer stories and important voices. Spencer’s recent credits include Bottom (The Butterfly Club), WHAT OF IT (State theatre Rehearsal Room), Star Power (The Blue Room Theatre), This Bitter Earth, Poorly Drawn Shark (Theatre Works), Showgasm (Connections Nightclub). 2021 will be an exciting year for Spencer, featuring across Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival (Bottom, and Protein), and Melbourne Fringe (A Hundred Words for Snow, Good Cook. Friendly Clean, Normal, Daisy Moon was Born this Way, and Meet Me at Dawn).