Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Musical / Theatre / Vaudeville

  • PLAYING /

    15 Sep – 8 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hour 40 mins (no interval)

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains drug references and some violent imagery

  • AGES /

    Recommended for ages 15+

  • Download / Program

Season 2017

Black Rider:
The Casting of the Magic Bullets

15 SEPTEMBER – 8 OCTOBER 2017

Information

  • EVENT TYPE /

    Musical / Theatre / Vaudeville

  • PLAYING /

    15 Sep – 8 Oct

  • WHERE /

    Merlyn Theatre

  • DURATION /

    1 hour 40 mins (no interval)

  • WARNINGS /

    Contains drug references and some violent imagery

  • AGES /

    Recommended for ages 15+

  • Download / Program

A Co-Production with Victorian Opera

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.

★★★★½ Stylish and soulful, wild and disturbing and darkly funny, Black Rider is almost worth selling your soul to see.

– THE AGE

★★★★½ this darkly humorous, musically eclectic fable disturbs and delights.

– LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE
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DIRECTION / Matthew Lutton
ORIGINAL MUSIC & LYRICS / Tom Waits

TEXT BY / William S. Burroughs
CAST INCLUDES / Kanen Breen
, Paul Capsis
, Jacqueline Dark, Winston Hillyer, Le Gateau Chocolat, Meow Meow, Richard Piper & Dimity Shepherd
MUSICAL DIRECTION / Phoebe Briggs
MUSIC SUPERVISION / Iain Grandage
SET & COSTUME DESIGN /
 Zoë Atkinson
LIGHTING DESIGN / Paul Jackson
SOUND DESIGN / Jim Atkins
SOUNDSCAPE DESIGN / Jethro Woodward
CHOREOGRAPHER / Stephanie Lake
STAGE MANAGER / Lisa Osborn
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER / Luke Hales
ASSISTANT STAGE MANAGER/RADIO MIC TECHNICIAN / Jess Frost
SCENIC ARTIST / Patrick Jones

ORIGINAL DIRECTION /  Robert Wilson
MUSIC & LYRICS / Tom Waits
TEXT / William S. Burroughs
ORIGINAL MUSICAL ARRANGEMENTS / Greg Cohen and Tom Waits
DRAMATURGY / Wolfgang Wiens
©2005 St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc. Used by Permission.

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

TACTILE TOUR & AUDIO DESCRIBED PERFORMANCES
7.30pm, Friday 22 September
3pm, Saturday 23 September

On the blog

Director's Note / Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets

Matthew Lutton: On Dependency and Debts

Production partners and supporters

A co-production with Victorian Opera. Presented in association with Melbourne Festival.

Key image photography by Zan Wimberley.