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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Musical / Theatre / Vaudeville

  • PLAYING /

    15 Sep – 8 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Season 2017

Black Rider:
The Casting of the Magic Bullets

15 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER 2017

Single tickets on sale now. Book a Season Pass for the best discounts, exclusive access to special events and our new fully flexible date option.

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  • EVENT TYPE /

    Musical / Theatre / Vaudeville

  • PLAYING /

    15 Sep – 8 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

Come on in, take off your skin, and dance around in your bones.

A naïve hunter travels to a crossroads in the dead of night to conjure the devil. He’s willing to bargain almost anything in exchange for magic silver bullets that will never miss their mark. But the devil makes cunning deals—just when you think you can have it all, you may have unwittingly given it all away.

Who else could write a macabre musical about a pact with the devil, but Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs? Cry-in-beer ballads meet 1920s jazz and gritty beat poetry, in a carnival of addictions. Black Rider is a spectacle that pulls the audience into the dark and decadent depths of the underworld.

Malthouse Theatre and Victorian Opera team up to create a theatrical fantasia with some of Australia’s greatest seducers, including Meow Meow, Paul Capsis and Kanen Breen in a production that is part vaudeville, part opera, and all dance with the devil.

[Tom] Waits honors 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

[TOM] WAITS SLIPS INTO, AMONG 
OTHERS, HIS HADES CARNIVAL BARKER 
AND DRUNKEN-SAILOR- AT-4-AM PERSONAS... LUNACY NEVER SOUNDED SO COHERENT.

– CHICAGO TRIBUNE

DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton
ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS / Tom Waits

TEXT BY / William S. Burroughs
CAST INCLUDES / Kanen Breen
, Paul Capsis
, Jacqueline Dark, 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

Season Pass Ticket Prices

ALL PERFORMANCES
Standard / $55
Senior / $50
Concession / $45 
Under 30s & Students / $30

Single Ticket Prices

IN SEASON
Standard / $75
Senior / $70
Concession / $55 
Under 30s & Students / $35

PREVIEW
Standard / $65
Senior / $60
Concession / $50 
Under 30s & Students / $35

Special Performances

PREVIEWS
7.30pm, Friday 15 September
7.30pm, Saturday 16 September
6.30pm, Monday 18 September
6.30pm, Tuesday 19 September

OPENING NIGHT
7.30pm, Wednesday 20 September

TIME TO TALK
6.30pm, Tuesday 26 September

AUSLAN INTERPRETED PREFORMANCE
7.30pm, Friday 22 September

TACTILE TOUR & AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCE
3pm, Saturday 23 September

A co-production with Victorian Opera.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.