MADDIE & FRIENDS NAVIGATE THEIR TOPSY-TURVY LIVES FROM THE SAFETY OF THEIR OWN VIRTUAL BAR
Conceived, developed and produced during the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown, this cutting-edge comedy from co-creators Meg O’Connell (producer, co-writer on the Emmy-nominated Content) and Mark O’Toole (Squinters, Sando) is directed by Natalie Bailey (Run, Avenue 5) and features guest star Ronny Chieng (Crazy Rich Asians, The Daily Show) as well as a stellar line-up of Australian talent including Pallavi Sharda, llai Swindells, Maria Angelico, Esther Hannaford and Nick Boshier (Bondi Hipsters).
About to embark on an exciting career in Korea, Maddie gears up for her farewell party - until it is crashed by COVID-19, and faster than you can say ‘social distancing’, she's unemployed and homeless. Rethinking the imminent dumping of boring-but-nice boyfriend Rob, Maddie finds herself in lockdown with Rob and his daughter – just as her caddish ex makes a return to the (online) scene. While adulting is not something that comes naturally, at least Maddie doesn't have to drink alone – questionable life choices can be work-shopped and sorrows drowned as the new world order is precariously navigated.
Crossing humour with a layer of existential dread, Retrograde follows the topsy-turvy life of Maddie and thirtysomething her friends as they navigate the pandemic, partners and the new parameters of life – all from the safety of their very own virtual bar.
Awards / Reviews
MEAA Equity Ensemble Awards 2021: Winner Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series