PART OPERA. PART DRAG SHOW. PART PROTEST.
Verdi's famed Romantic opera La Traviata is the story of Violetta, a lovelorn courtesan who is doomed to choose either a life of disgrace with the pauper she loves, or a life of upscale servitude to a baron. This is not that opera. At least, not quite. The La Traviata is part opera, part protest, part drag show – a freewheeling satire that shadows Verdi's plot ia the sweatshops of Mumbai and the wastepaper basket of the Federal Minister for the Arts.
Performed by ASH FLANDERS, EMMA MAYE GIBSON, MICHAEL LEWIS and ZINDZI OKENYO
Directed by DECLAN GREENE
Set & Costume Design by MARG HORWELL
Sound Design & Composition by STEVE TOULMIN
Lighting Design by MATTHEW MARSHALL
Dramaturgy by ANNE-LOUISE SARKS
Assistant Director: EMMA MCMANUS
Design Secondment: CHRIS BRAIN
A Sisters Grimm & Belvoir production
★★★★ 'A hilarious, scathing satire on the ridiculous ways we've learnt to talk and think about art.' Daily Review
★★★★ ‘Wonderfully funny, moving, smart – and self aware. Visually, it;s a feast... This production has more fun and feeling and 'excellence' than most nights at the theatre.’ Time Out
★★★★ 'The satirical writing is sharp and inflicts multiple wounds on hollow corporate culture, soulless neoliberal ideology and the elaborate elitist wankery of some corners of academia.' ArtsHub
★★★★ 'This production turns Verdi's work into something that questions what exactly we value in art, right now, and also brings colour and fun to something that has lost its appeal for younger audiences... Ash Flanders shows himself to be on the the finest theatre writer-actors working in Australia.’ The Music