Theatre and Physical Theatre
Australian Premiere
A dark comedy shining a powerful spotlight on the temperamental composer Johannes Brahms.

At the party celebrating the first performance of his Violin Concerto we witness his wit, his tenderness, his obsessive perfectionism but also his descent into self-destructive drunken anger. His friends are all there: decent loyal Herzogenberg, waspish critic Eduard Hanslick, embittered Clara Schumann and manically jealous violinist Joachim.

As the evening unfolds, emotions turn on a sixpence and the composer's dark secret is revealed in a series of passionate recriminations and farcical misunderstandings until its moving climax. Laughing through our tears we are continually challenged by the questions -- what is Art? Why do we need it? And what is its cost?

Presented by: Oyster Creatives

We create new plays, fusing music, history and comedy, to tell compelling and darkly funny tales, exploring the passions and foibles of iconic characters.
Actor/Writer Neil Salvage, veteran of over 160 productions, working with the likes of Mike Leigh, Richard Eyre, Antonio Banderas, Liam Neeson, Jim Broadbent and others, stalwart of Royal National Theatre and London Old Vic Theatre Companies, saw his screenplay “Caught in the Act” on release in 2008.
Actor/Producer Nicholas Collett has performed with the Royal Shakespeare Company and in London’s West End. Co-founder of Third Party (Peter Hall Award winners), writer/performer of Adelaide Fringe hits “Spitfire Solo” and “Your Bard” and British Arrow Best Actor award winner.
Director Amy Bonsall is associate director of Bilimankhwe.

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