Curlew River

Gertrude Opera Culture Project
A theatrical treatment of Benjamin Britten’s Curlew River
“In a mad world, only the mad are sane” - Akira Kurosawa 
Gertrude Opera’s second Culture Project, connecting opera with stories of social justice and humanitarian issues of our time, takes a Benjamin Britten Church Parable loosely based on a medieval Japanese Noh play and moulds to tell a modern tale, of a hypocritical, selfish society. Confronting the ill-treatment, abduction and death of a child, and reactions to grief-induced madness, to an exquisitely beautiful, gripping score for small chamber ensemble, we call into question society’s methods of coping with profound loss – loss of family, of house, of mind – and how we as a group treat those who think, act, or react to tragedy, differently from us.  

Friday 29th May
Saturday 30th May
Tuesday 2nd June
Thursday 4th June
Friday 5th June
Saturday 6th June
$55 Full Price
$45 Senior
$39 Concession (Pensioners/Full-time students/MEAA)
 Tickets available through

45 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, VIC

Artistic Director - Linda Thompson
Music Director - Evan Lawson
Designer - Peter Corrigan
Lighting - Greg Carroll
Madwoman - Agathe de Courcy
Traveller - Owain Browne
Ferry Man - Adrian McEniery 
Cult Leader - Belinda Paterson  
Cult of Angels:
Kimberley Colman 
Michelle McCarthy
Lisa Parker
Tamzyn Alexander
Alexandra Lidgerwood
Alissa Andraski
Piera Dennerstein
Khary Wilson
Ferryman assistant  - Samuel Thomas-Holland  

Kim Tan - Flutes
Jacinta Dennett - Harp
Phoebe Smithies - Horn
Anthony Chataway - Viola 
Kenneth Harris - Double Bass
Supporting Partners
Any Inc Foundation
Staging Rentals
Venue Partners

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