ALPHABETICAL SYDNEY: ALL ABOARD!
CREATED BY HILARY BELL AND ANTONIA PESENTI, WITH COMPOSER GRETA GERTLER GOLD
Inspired by Hilary Bell and Antonia Pesenti’s best-selling picture book, this immersive musical will take audiences of all ages on a journey around the world’s most famous harbour city. Combining puppetry, theatre, songs and creative play with irresistible music by Greta Gertler Gold, Alphabetical Sydney: All Aboard! is a celebration of all that makes a city unique.
Book & lyrics by Hilary Bell
Music by Greta Gertler Gold
Design by Antonia Pesenti & Isla Shaw
Directed by Liesel Badorrek
Produced by Critical Stages Touring
Concourse Theatre: June 19
Sydney Opera House: Sep 19-26
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Ctr: Sep 27-30
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Listen to Luke Escombe and Justine Clarke as Ibis and Nanna, singing ‘Feed Me’:
SUMMER OF HAROLD
The power of inanimate objects is huge, but only because of the stories we tell about them. Without the meaning we endow them with – history, memory, even magic – they are just a ‘thing’. A fake can be elevated to cult status; a cherished treasure ends up in an op shop, stripped of its associations and rendered worthless.
Summer of Harold is an evening of three short plays, each revolving around an object that has defined somebody’s future. From Harold Pinter’s coffee mug to an ancient piece of cheese, the objects have set the course of four lives.
Ensemble Theatre, Sep 8 – Oct 14.
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Commissioned by the Ensemble Theatre.
An adaptation for the stage of the novel The Mind of a Deviant Woman, by American author Paula Paul. The play centres on the story of Carrie Buck, a teenage girl who in 1920s Virginia was used by the eugenics movement in a court case to legalise the forced sterilisation of ‘the unfit’. The criteria for ‘fitness’ were wildly biased, according to race, class, disability, and the prevailing morality of the day. 60,000 Americans were sterilised without their consent (or often, their knowledge); the Nazis cited the US Supreme Court’s decision in their defence at Nuremberg. It is yet to be overturned.
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Commissioned by Michael Dengler of Exit Game Productions.
Works In Progress
DO GOOD AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY
A MUSICAL FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
COMPOSER PHILLIP JOHNSTON
A musical fantasia inspired by Cole’s Funny Picture Book, the enduringly popular 19th century publication from Melbourne bookseller E.W. Cole. The show is a gift to an imaginative director and design team, drawing in the first half on the gilded ornateness of Victorian music halls, and in the second becoming the stuff of a Dickensian nightmare.
A SONG CYCLE CREATED WITH COMPOSER LUKE STYLES
International film star, queen of vaudeville, champion swimmer, pioneering health & fitness guru, trail-blazing entrepreneur, female action hero, Hollywood’s highest-earning actor…
Annette Kellerman (1887-1975) was an expert manipulator of the media and creator of her own mythology. She caused sensation from her home in Sydney to the world stage, yet she has been virtually erased from history. Marrickville Mermaid restores her to her rightful place via a highly original work of music theatre. It is a vehicle for a star performer whose range runs from cabaret to classical.