2015 National Play Festival: Lake Disappointment

Kane and me were both rising stars. I was rising to the top of the hand-modelling world and Kane was doing his plays. But we clicked. The director said so. Everyone said so. And it’s there on screen.

The film is called Lake Disappointment. The same as the town. Kane is one of the world’s biggest movie stars. And his body double is every bit as important, sharing more than just looks with his famous counterpart. But just how intertwined are their lives?

Inspired by true accounts of body doubles, life meets art meets life in Luke Mullins and Lachlan Philpott’s mesmerising, curious, meticulous and unnerving riff on identity, personality … and show business.


Director/Dramaturg   Janice Muller
Cast   Luke Mullins

Friday 24 July, 2pm
Saturday 25 July, 7.30pm

Running time: Approximatively 60 minutes.

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Read our Five Questions interview with Luke & Lachlan

Luke Mullins Headshot small Luke Mullins has performed for Belvoir, MTC, STC and Malthouse as well as collaborating on independent new works.  Luke was awarded the Helpmann Award and Sydney Theatre Award for his role as Lucky in STC’s Waiting for Godot, which has just enjoyed a successful season at the Samuel Beckett Festival in London. Recent works include End Game (MTC), The Glass Menagerie, Angels in America, Small and Tired and Death of a Salesman  (Belvoir), Little Mercy (STC), Night on Bald Mountain (Malthouse) and directing Kit Brookman’s Night Maybe (Theatre Works). Past productions The Power of Yes, Thom Pain (based on nothing) (Belvoir); Long Day’s Journey into Night, The War of the Roses, Gallipoli, The Season at Sarsaparilla (Winner, Green Room Award), The Serpents Teeth, Tales from the Vienna Woods and The Duel (STC); Cloud Nine, The History Boys, Oedipus (MTC);  The Eisteddfod, 4xBeckett, Agoraphobe, Lally Katz and the Terrible Mysteries of the Volcano, Untitled Intentional Exercise, Nine Days Falling and The Apocalypse Bear Trilogy (Stuck Pigs Squealing). Luke stars in the feature film, Holding The Man, directed by Neil Armfield. Next up is Kit Brookman’s A Rabbit for King Jong-il at Griffin Theatre, directed by Lee Lewis.
Lachlan Philpott Headshot small Lachlan Philpott is a Sydney-based dog person, playwright, advocate and teacher. As a playwright he has collaborated with artists in companies which include Amnesty International, Australian Theatre for Young People, Bell Shakespeare, Checkpoint Theatre Singapore, Crowded Fire Theater San Francisco, Griffin Theatre Company Sydney, Iron Bark London, Kansas State University, Kenyatta University Nairobi, La Boite Brisbane, The Lark New York, The Magic Theatre San Francisco, The Mac Belfast, Melbourne Festival, MKA New Writing Theatre, PlayWriting Australia, Q Theatre Penrith, The Playwright’s Centre Minneapolis, The Playwright’s Foundation San Francisco, Rock Surfers Sydney, Sydney Theatre Company, TheatreofplucK Belfast, The Traverse Theatre Edinburgh and Tantrum Theatre Newcastle. As the inaugural Australian Professional Playwright Fulbright Scholar, he has just returned from working at The American Conservatory Theatre San Francisco where he was playwright in residence and teacher on their distinguished MFA program. Lachlan is currently developing work with The American Conservatory Theatre and Crowded Fire Theatre California and The Traverse Edinburgh.


Originally commissioned and developed through Bell  Shakespeare’s Mind’s Eye program. Bell Shakespeare is delighted to support the reading of Lake Disappointment as part of the National Play Festival 2015