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An upcoming play at the Depot Theatre will take audiences into the heartwarming, hilarious and bold world according to Otto.

The latest production from acclaimed director Wayne Tunks, According To Otto will kickstart the 40th annual Mardi Gras celebrations. It tells the tale of sixteen year old Otto Brooks, who has come of age and promptly out of the closet, what ensues is a colourful list of characters from his pop-culture loving nan to his best friend, Max, who Otto is secretly in love with.

Director and producer Wayne Tunks is a prominent figure in the independent theatre world, having brought audiences popular titles like Everything I Know I Learnt From Madonna, Bitch and Diva Wars.

He said: “The show is vibrant, bright and part fantasy, as much of the action taking place is the inner monologue inside Otto’s very full mind. It’s a comedy with heart, a play for all ages.”

The show will feature an array of actors from stage veterans like Felicity Burke to sixteen year old newcomer Jasper Musgrave, who will take to the stage as Otto.

Tunks Productions have been presenting new Australian work for over 18 years, often focusing on the stories from the LGBTIQ+ community.

“We aren’t going for shock tactics or skin, we want a pure story where you cheer for the hero to land his man,” said Tunks.

Until Feb 24. The Depot Theatre, 142 Addison Rd, Marrickville. $22-$32+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.thedepottheatre.com

By Georgia Fullerton