top of page



Intimacy is based on real life encounters with strangers on a Melbourne street.

One night Ranters’ director Adriano Cortese left his apartment to seek out strangers on the street and ask them to talk. A lot of people said no, of course, but a surprising number said "yes…sure, ok." Through a series of intimate and diverse conversations, the work gives a candid and sometimes disquieting portrait of contemporary life where personal anxieties are never far from the surface.

"Ranters engages the audience in the process of theatrical meaning-making until the ordinary becomes something else that both reflects what it emerged from and transcends it."

Carl Nilsson-Pollas, Real Time Arts


"Intimacy is a stunning psychological and theatrical achievement…We are all in emotional danger if we isolate our souls this extaordinary piece suggests."

Emer O'Kelly, Irish Independent 

"A shared Intimacy in a precious dedicated space: this could be the definition of theatre.”

Agathe Raybaud, Le Clou dans la Planche


"A presentation of such a high standard, both psychologically and theatrically."

Piet Van Kampen,



Creator/Director - Adriano Cortese
Creators/Performers - Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Paul Lum, Patrick Moffatt

Text - Beth Buchanan, Adriano Cortese, Raimondo Cortese, Paul Lum, Patrick Moffatt

Set/costume design - Anna Tregloan

Touring set design - Adriano Cortese
Sound design - David Franzke

Lighting design - Niklas Pajanti

Touring lighting design/Production Manager - Govin Ruben

Video - Keri Light, Andrew Sully
Beth's dance choreography - Alison Halit

Photo credits - Paulo Pacheco/Images 2,3


2019 - Festival d' Automne a Paris, La Commune, Aubervilliers
2019 - Théâtre du Bois de l' Aune, Aix-en-Provence
2019 - Theatre Garonne, Toulouse
2017 - Street Theatre, Canberra, ACT
2017 - Kyneton Town Hall, VIC
2017 - Esso BHP Billiton Entertainment Centre, Sale, VIC
2017 - Burrinja Cultural Centre, VIC
2016 - PuSh International Performing Arts Festival, Vancouver
2016 - COIL Festival, Ohio Theatre, New York
2014 - Festival Theaterformen, Braunschweig
2013 - Culturgest, Lisbon
2013 - Centro Cultural Vila Flôr, Guimaraes
2012 - Noorderzon Festival, Groningen
2011 - Dublin Fringe Festival
2010 - Melbourne International Arts Festival, Malthouse Theatre


2011 - Green Room nomination for Best Ensemble

2011 - Green Room nomination for Best Sound

2011 - Green Room nomination for Best New Writing 

2011 - Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award



A Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne International Arts Festival Commission. The development of Intimacy was supported through CultureLAB, Arts House, North Melbourne. Supported by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body the Australia Council for the Arts; by the Victorian Government through Creative Victoria

bottom of page