Heather Fairbairn’s fresh retelling of Shakespeare’s romantic comedy is a dark collision of hidden identities and unrequited love. Featuring all-new music by Sarah Blasko, Twelfth Night ultimately asks us to find light in the darkness.
Viola is shipwrecked and believes her twin Sebastian lost to the ocean. Washed up in a strange new land, determined to survive, Viola disguises herself as a man named Cesario and finds work with Duke Orsino, only to fall head over heels in love with him. But Orsino is in love with Olivia, who – grieving for her brother – refuses all offers of romance. Until, that is, she meets Cesario for the first time. A whirlwind of passion ensues, leaving no one unaffected, not even Olivia’s prudish housekeeper Malvolia, played by Jane Montgomery Griffiths (A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Titus Andronicus).
“If music be the food of love, play on” – Twelfth Night Act 1, Scene 1
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This project has been assisted by the Australian government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
Recommended Age & Warnings
Twelfth Night is recommended for audiences aged 14+. Please be advised that Shakespeare’s original play and this production contains sexual references and content. We recommend that adults bringing young people to the production take the time to discuss the plot and themes of Twelfth Night with them prior to attending.