New Musicals Presentation
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About the Event
In 2021, The Festival has made a firm commitment to developing new work and investigating our national voice in Musical Theatre and this is best represented in our developments of two new Australian Musicals.
The first, ‘Bearded’is written by Sean Donaghue and Nick Waxman; Set in Australia, Bearded is a comedic bildungsroman that focuses on the lives of two teenage queer best friends, Ace and Bet, as they grapple with their identity and self-acceptance. Bet’s world is overtly queer-phobic; she attends a private girl’s Jesuit college and her father is a conservative politician fronting a campaign that focuses on ‘family values’. Ace represents the opposite; his social and cultural environment is inherently progressive and yet his shame is self-inflicted. The pair decide to ‘date’ one another in an effort to be seen as ‘normal’, however, things fall apart as Ace falls for an older boy. Amongst the lies, miseducation and adultery, truths are revealed and hearts are broken. Despite the show’s queer context, it is ultimately a story about family, given and chosen, that is enhanced by scenes, songs and staging that often mirror one another, offering parallels throughout. Bearded is a satirical critique on the difference between progressive and progression.
The second, ‘Yellow Rock’ is written by indigenous artist, Brittanie Shipway and developed with support from the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. Every year, the cousins return to Yellow Rock to visit. This trip, Sammy is determined to get answers from her grandfather Ngaji about where she really comes from. But when she arrives at the island, she discovers Ngaji is missing. Joining forces with her cousins Tom and Mae, Sammy must weave her way through the Dreaming to find Ngaji before he reaches the Muurrbay tree; for once he tastes the golden fruit from the tree of life, he may never return home to the land of the living.
‘Yellow Rock’ is a celebration of culture, country and kin. It seeks to share Dreaming stories both old and new with the next generation of deadly kids.
“It isn’t where I am, It’s only where I’ll go from here” Amelie