Ash Flanders. Illustration: Julian Meagher.

La Traviata

By Sisters Grimm (Declan Greene and Ash Flanderswith the cast
Director Declan Greene
Set & Costume Designer Marg Horwell
Lighting Designer Matthew Marshall
Composer and Sound Designer Steve Toulmin
Dramaturg Anne-Louise Sarks

Ash Flanders
Emma Maye Gibson
Michael Lewis
Zindzi Okenyo

A co-production with
Sisters Grimm

27 August – 20 September
Downstairs Theatre

Melbourne theatre stars Sisters Grimm are everything nice, polite Australians fear: a pair of ‘loud, opinionated homosexualists’ (their words) who hold nothing sacred and whose moral compass is so far out it’s bang on. Declan Greene and Ash Flanders plunder the canon with one eye on mischief and the other on a necessary argument. Once the serial numbers are scratched off, their stolen goods are smelted into smart, anarchic comedies that question the world we live in.

Verdi’s famed Romantic opera La Traviata is the story of Violetta, a lovelorn courtesan who is doomed to choose either a life of disgrace with the pauper she loves, or a life of upscale servitude to a baron. This is not that opera. At least, not quite. This La Traviata is part opera, part protest, part business presentation – a freewheeling satire that may or may not follow Verdi’s plot, and will most definitely go to some very unexpected places.

Sisters Grimm makes theatre out of nothing. Emerging from Melbourne’s independent theatre scene they made their name with extravagant, mischievous productions in backyards and garages. In recent years they have taken Sydney by storm with the Helpmann nominated Calpurnia Descending at Sydney Theatre Company and Summertime in the Garden of Eden at Griffin Theatre Company.

Ash Flanders will be joined on stage by performers Emma Maye Gibson and Michael Lewis, making their Belvoir deubts and Zindzi Okenyo (Scorched).

The now iconic Opera on Sydney Harbour began with a production of La Traviata in 2012, by taking the same story from Sydney’s biggest stage to its smallest with a tiny cast, Sisters Grimm are giving themselves no option but to discover the ever-expanding gap between wealth and poverty, ideology and comfort. Violetta sacrificed her livelihood for her ideological conviction. Will this tale end the same way?

Notes for Editors

Season information
Dates 27 August – 20 September 2015
Previews Thursday 27 & Friday 28 August
Opening Night Saturday 29 August
Times Tuesday 7pm | Wednesday to Friday 8.15pm | Saturday 2.15pm & 8.15pm | Sunday 5.15pm
Tickets Full $48* | Seniors/Industry/Group $42 | Concession $38 | Previews $38
Venue Belvoir St Theatre | 25 Belvoir St, Surry Hills
Bookings 02 9699 3444 or
* Ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted, either up or down, based on real-time market demand, and without notice.

Image Gallery

Hero image by Julian Meagherdownload

Rehearsal images by Emma Furnodownload

Production images by Patrick Bolanddownload 


Contact Details

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