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Seymour Group Triple Bill

 

Program Cover Caricatures: Hewett, Carden, Hibberd

Program Cover Caricature: Edwards, McDonald, Butterley, Friedel

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Seymour Group Triple Bill

Dates: 24/11/1983 - 26/11/1983

Location: Everest Theatre, Seymour Centre

THE SEYMOUR GROUP TRIPLE BILL
Christina's World
The Owl
Sin: An Immoral Fable in Seven Deadly Acts & Entr'actes

Presented by the Seymour Group

Christina's World
From the incisive pen of acclaimed Australian playwright Dorothy Hewett comes this haunting allegory of reality and illusion. Christina retraces in memory her idealised childhood only to have the terrifying and sinister aspects of her youth revealed: the withdrawn father, wodowed by the suicide of Christina's mother, drowned in the sea; the shell-shocked uncle, subject to fits of melancholia and violence; the young boy who becomes Christina's dream lover, then deserts her and is finally found dead in a ditch. Has he been murdered by the father, the uncle or herself? Did He ever exist? Hewett's story of lost love, set against the brooding landscape of Black Mountain, has been set to music both beautiful and intense by the distinguished composer Ross Edwards

Libretto Dorothy Hewett
Music Ross Edwards
Conductor Stuart Challender
Company Patricia Price
  Meg Chilcott
  Paul Ferris
  Gregory Yurisich
Director Aarne Neeme
Design John Senczuk
Lighting John Rayment

The Owl
This work has been created especially for Joan Carden by the prominent Australian composer, Nigel Butterley. Returning from the funeral of her husband, the solitary character in The Owl ritualistically retraces her life in terms of four archetypal images of women: Eve, the primitive; Helen of Troy, the sensual; Mary, the virginal mother,; and Athene, symbol of mystical power and intuition. The work is a projection of the inner goings on of the character's mind. The Owl, a most difficult and demanding work both theatrically and vocally, will be performed by the incomparable, singer-actress for who it has been created - Joan Carden.

Libretto James MACDONALD
Music Nigel Butterley
Conductor Stuart Challender
Soloist Joan Carden
   
Design John Senczuk
Lighting John Rayment

Sin
This work was commissioned and first performed by Victoria State Opera in 1978. Its first performance was greted by unprecedented public controversy! Was this art or outrage? With unsparing irreverence and sardonic wit, the work - best described as an opera-cum-cabaret-cum-revue - boldly explores the premise that in every virtue there is a modicum of vice and vice versa.

Libretto Jack Hibberd
Music Martin Friedl
Conductor Stuart Challender
Company Meg Chilcott
  Anne-Patricia Hemingway
  Michael Lewis
  Gordon Wilcock
  Gregory Yurisich
Director John Milson
Design John Senczuk
Lighting John Rayment

 Reviews

... see it if you can and enjoy the way the elements of this admirably enterprising triple bill express their individual visions ... [Christina's World] makes a memorable image in the theatre.
     Roger Covel, Sydney Morning Herald

The Seymour Group's triple bill of Australian music theatre presented this week at the Seymour Centre was a great occasion for contemporary music in Sydney.

The whole evening's work, embracing such widely different musical styles, was well prepared and well presented.
     Martin Long, Opera