THE THEATRE ROYAL, THE RABBLE AND DARK MOFO PRESENT
First performed as part of Malthouse Theatre’s Helium program and Melbourne International Arts Festival 2012
The tale remains the same: the immortal Orlando is a young man, a hedonist and rake, a poet and lover, who awakens one day transformed into a young woman. Inspired by Chopin, astrophysics and the Great Frost of 1709, THE RABBLE has stripped Woolf ’s Orlando down to a stark cosmological painting.
This Orlando drifts through space instead of time, through galaxies instead of centuries, to explore the dark passages of gender, sexuality and fragmented identity. She is opposed by Queen Elizabeth, a shadowy figure who is every lover, husband and wife Orlando has ever had: manly, virginal, mysterious and powerful.
A strange and provocative visual feast, Orlando is THE RABBLE in their element: subversive, restlessly inventive and grotesquely sublime.
“… what THE RABBLE does is absolutely bloody remarkable” THE AUSTRALIAN
CREATED BY EMMA VALENTE & KATE DAVIS
DIRECTED BY EMMA VALENTE
SET & COSTUME DESIGN BY KATE DAVIS
COSTUME CONSTRUCTION BY SOPHIE ALLEN
LIGHTING, SOUND DESIGN & COMPOSITION BY EMMA VALENTE
FEATURING: DANA MILTINS, MARY HELEN SASSMAN & ANGUS CERINI
PRODUCTION MANAGER: REBECCA ETCHELL
STAGE MANAGER: JENN TAYLOR
PRODUCER: ALISON HALIT