Information

  • WHEN /

    2 - 23 Apr

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • WARNING /

    Contains adult themes, nudity, violence, simulated sex scenes, drug references and very coarse language.

Season 2011

Baal

// Baal is pure pleasure principle.

Information

  • WHEN /

    2 - 23 Apr

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • WARNING /

    Contains adult themes, nudity, violence, simulated sex scenes, drug references and very coarse language.

Meet Baal. Outsider poet, schizophrenic singer/songwriter, middle-class bum. With an insatiable appetite for sex and booze, Baal lives his life for the moment. From strip joint to sewer he leaves a trail of devastation and recklessly dispensed lyricism in his wake.

Bertolt Brecht's first play, Baal, rages with the fire of youth. Nothing escapes young Brecht's burning wit and self-immolating irony here. An anti-hero and cult artist at odds with the world, Baal indulges in fleshy decadence spewing surreal poetry and bawdy libretto. Drunken and depraved, he strips romanticism bare and throws it onto the shitheap.

The secretions that stain Baal's world glisten in this major co-production with Sydney Theatre Company. Director Simon Stone (Thyestes) collaborates with writer Tom Wright (The Women of Troy, Criminology) to reveal the excesses of youth and blind idolatry of creative genius. With cast of wild young things led by Thomas M Wright (The Black Lung Avast), an original score by Stefan Gregory (Thyestes) and design by Nick Schlieper, this is a one night stand you won't regret.

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By / Bertolt Brecht
Translated by / Simon Stone & Tom Wright
Director / Simon Stone
Set & Lighting Designer / Nick Schlieper
Costume Designer / Mel Page
Composer & Sound Designer / Stefan Gregory

Cast Includes / Brigid Gallacher, Geraldine Hakewill, Luisa Hastings Edge, Shelly Lauman, Oscar Redding, Chris Ryan, Lotte St Clair, Katherine Tonkin, Thomas M Wright

A co-production with Sydney Theatre Company.
Key image photography / Terrence Chin