ALPHABETICAL SYDNEY: ALL ABOARD!
An immersive musical theatre work for children, and an extension (rather than adaptation) of the bestselling picture book, ‘Alphabetical Sydney’. Collaborating with composer Greta Gertler Gold and illustrator/designer Antonia Pesenti, the project is being developed through a City of Sydney Council grant. Thanks to a generous grant from RISE, the production will be coming to Sydney in 2022!
Listen to Luke Escombe and Justine Clarke as Ibis and Nanna, singing ‘Feed Me’:
THE MARRICKVILLE MERMAID
A song cycle that throws light onto the inner and outer worlds of Annette Kellerman: vaudeville mermaid, silent film star, champion swimmer, publicity hound and all-round defier of convention. In collaboration with composer Luke Styles.
Coming to the Annette Kellerman Aquatic Centre, August 20, 21, 22, as part of the EDGE Festival, Inner West Council.
Watch this space for details.
DO GOOD AND YOU WILL BE HAPPY
A MUSICAL FOR ADULTS AND CHILDREN
Written with composer Phillip Johnston, this is a fantasia inspired by Cole’s Funny Picture Book, the enduringly popular 19th century publication from Melbourne bookseller E.W. Cole. Threatened with the closure of his marvellous Book Arcade, Cole creates a book promulgating his utopian philosophy. On the brink of losing everything, his belief in human ingenuity is vindicated, and he triumphs over the forces of conservatism.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL
This adaptation of Charles Dickens’ enduring story is best described as a political panto. Directed by, and featuring John Bell as Scrooge, music hall sing-alongs collide with a bracing call-to-arms against mean-spiritedness.
Commissioned by the Ensemble Theatre, and coming in December 2022.
In collaboration with composer Victoria Bond, this opera is about Victoria Woodhull, who ran for presidency before women had even been granted the right to vote, returns to New York City in April 2020. It’s being performed as part of Cutting Edge Concerts’ New Music Festival:
And meanwhile, check out one of the songs here.
A Victorian melodrama, part-musical, part-ghost story, part-love story, and an exploration of deceit and self-delusion.
CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19.
Griffin production, 2000, with Barry Otto and Peter Cousins.
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.
Find out more here.
Commissioned by Michael Dengler of Exit Game Productions, directed by Ed Wightman.