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The Weight Of Light

03 - 04 March 2018

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Performance Details

Saturday 3 March, 7:30pm
Sunday 4 March, 4pm
Duration:
65min
Venue:
Street 1

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The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium and The Street Theatre team up for the world premiere of The Weight of Light.

Outstanding baritone Michael Lampard and brilliant pianist Alan Hicks feature in this suspenseful production, where song cycle meets theatre and absolution is sought by all.

Call him back, we’re calling him back – we need our son here with us.

Having completed his latest tour of Afghanistan, an Australian soldier is on leave and taking the opportunity to return to his family’s farm in regional New South Wales – he is looking forward to resting. However, as he makes his way home he is confronted by news that is both life-affirming and devastating, which pushes him to reveal a dark secret that clings like a ghost. Ultimately he must question everything he knows. What sort of man is he? What does it mean to be brave? And what future might be waiting for his family?

Acclaimed writer Nigel Featherstone and composer James Humberstone have collaborated to produce this gritty, song-filled chronicle giving voice to the personal impact of modern warfare and the costs that are borne by families.
Bittersweet memories meet night-shattering dreams and the stilling gaze of children, in a terrain of physical beauty and inner turmoil.

Australia’s participation in the war in Afghanistan is the nation’s longest ever military involvement, and The Weight of Light is an intimate portrayal of man and soldier that pulls the audience into the cracks of human relationships and masculine identity in the 21st century.

A man of war meets the force of family.

Featuring Michael Lampard as The Soldier
Pianist: Alan Hicks
Composition: James Humberstone
Libretto: Nigel Featherstone
Direction: Caroline Stacey
Production Design: Imogen Keen
Lighting Design: Linda Buck

Read more: Canberra Times | City News | Canberra Weekly

Click here to downlaod a pdf excerpt from the libretto by Nigel Featherstone.
Below, listen to excerpts from the score by James Humberstone, and hear from baritone Michael Lampard.

Artwork by Katy Mutton   -   www.katymutton.com.au

The Weight of Light was commissioned by the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium with creative development by The Street Theatre, Canberra.
Composed by James Humberstone (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney) as part of his ongoing research outputs.

 The Weight Of Light will also be performed at the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium, Saturday 10th March, 7:30pm. Tickets for the Goulbourn performance available here: https://www.trybooking.com/TFQV 

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THE STREET PRESENTS
IN ASSOCIATION WITH GOULBURN REGIONAL CONSERVATORIUM
THE WEIGHT OF LIGHT

SATURDAY 3RD MARCH, 7:30PM
SUNDAY 4TH MARCH, 4PM
Meet the Makers: Sunday 4th March, 3pm. Book here!

STANDARD $39
CONCESSION $35
GROUP 4+ $35
STUDENT $25

*30 under 30 tickets available! Conditions apply*

STREET ONE | RESERVED SEATING | 65 MINUTES, NO INTERVAL

 The Weight Of Light will also be performed at the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium, Saturday 10th March, 7:30pm. Tickets for the Goulbourn performance available here: https://www.trybooking.com/TFQV  

Location

15 Childers St,

City West ACT 2601

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