THEATRE AUSTRALIA

Black Rider

The Casting of the Magic Bullets

Fri 15 September—Sun 8 October

The Coopers Malthouse

$75

Lunacy never sounded so coherent.

When it premiered in 1990, Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs’ cult musical fable The Black Rider under the direction of Robert Wilson instantly declared itself as one of the most distinct and important pieces of contemporary avant garde theatre.

Finding its roots in German folktale Der Freischütz, the story follows a desperate file clerk entering a Faustian pact to prove his worth. The Devil’s bargain, of course, is always a fool’s bargain. An allegory of addiction mirroring the tragic events of Burroughs’ own life, the self-styled “musical fable” is a rich platter of allegory, allusion and compulsive action, set to the original music of the inimitable Waits.

A co-production between Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre, Black Rider stars an enviable line-up of Australia’s most cherished ‘enfants terribles’—Paul Capsis, Meow Meow and Kanen Breen. Matthew Lutton takes the helm as director with musical direction from Victorian Opera’s Head of Music Phoebe Briggs.

Presented in association with Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre

Waits honours the emotional lives of his humble characters... his heart bleeds for characters who cry out their needs and dreams in songs that sound like reassembled fragments of tunes learned as a child.

The New York Times
Director
Matthew Lutton
Original Direction
Robert Wilson
Music and Lyrics
Tom Waits
Text
William S. Burroughs
Original Musical Arrangements
Greg Cohen and Tom Waits
Dramaturgy
Wolfgang Wiens ©2005 St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc. Used by Permission.
Cast
Kanen Breen
Paul Capsis
Jacqueline Dark
Winston Hillyer
Le Gateau Chocolat
Meow Meow
Richard Piper
Dimity Shepherd
Musical Direction
Phoebe Briggs
Music Supervision
Iain Grandage
Set & Costume Design
Zoe Atkinson
Lighting Design
Paul Jackson
Sound Design
Jim Atkins
Soundscape Design
Jethro Woodward
Stage Manager
Lisa Osborn

ORIGINAL DIRECTION / Robert Wilson
MUSIC & LYRICS / Tom Waits
TEXT / William S. Burroughs
ORIGINAL MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS / Greg Cohen and Tom Waits
DRAMATURGY / Wolfgang Wiens
©2005 St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc. Used by Permission.

Victorian Opera acknowledge the support of the Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria.

PHOTO | Zan Wimberley and Magnus Hastings

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