The Will To Be
One man's exploration of sexuality, society and shame, laced with the words of Shakespeare.
Written, Produced and Performed by Mark Salvestro
Sound Design by Steve Carnell
Set Design by Carmody Nicol
Costume Design by Oliver Ross
"Compelling and must-see theatre" Melbourne Observer.
"Beautifully crafted...exceptionally performed" Weekend Notes.
"A fresh perspective on Australia's history of homosexuality and the persecution that many faced" My Melbourne Arts.
"Mark Salvestro is indeed a very talented young man. Riveting and moving - a talented actor and playwright" Adelaide Theatre Guide.
Presented by: Mark Salvestro
Mark Salvestro is a Melbourne-based actor, writer, producer, and founding member of North of Eight theatre company.
Mark’s most notable achievement is his critically acclaimed one-man show, Buried at Sea, which he wrote, produced and performed for Melbourne and Adelaide Fringe Festivals, Brisbane Anywhere Festival, and a NSW Snowy Mountains tour. ‘The Will To Be’ is Mark’s second solo work, which had its World Premiere at Melbourne Fringe in 2019.
Mark has trained extensively as a performer in Sydney and Melbourne, and in 2014, graduated from the Full-Time Program at the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia.
Reviews & Fringefeed Reacts
Homosexuals not only had to hide their true nature, but were until not that long ago actually criminalised...fiercely discriminated against. - Cameron England, The Advertiser
Dazzlingly fresh and alive… a captivating performance… completely enthralling, and devastatingly romantic… - Sarah Westgarth, Adelaide Theatre Guide
A spell-binding solo performance… the story telling and acting is exquisite… highly recommended. - Kym Clayton, The Barefoot Review