An MTC NEXT STAGE Publication

The Heartbreak Choir

by Aidan Fennessy

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From revered playwright Aidan Fennessy comes this funny and uplifting celebration of music, friendship and community.

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In the old CFA hall on the outskirts of town, a small group of locals come together to sing, and to connect. Aseni, Barbara, Mack, Savannah and Totty have splintered from their original choir on a matter of principle and are intent on forging their own path. With their latest recruit Peter along for the ride, they have a new name, a space to rehearse in and a public debut booked. All they need now is to right the wrongs of the past … and to find a song that pairs perfectly with the local winery’s Sangiovese.

This emotionally resonant MTC NEXT STAGE commission is the last work from playwright Aidan Fennessy – a fitting final act of togetherness.


Aidan Fennessy was a writer, director and dramaturg. His plays have been produced by Melbourne Theatre Company, Queensland Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company, Griffin, HotHouse Theatre, Playbox and White Whale Theatre, among others. For MTC, Aidan wrote The Architect and What Rhymes With Cars and Girls, and was former Associate Director and a member of the 2012 Programming Team. His Company directing credits include National Interest (which he also wrote), Circle Mirror Transformation, The Joy of Text, Boston Marriage, Ruby Moon (MTC Education), Godzone and Things We Do for Love. His other directing credits include The Glory and Oleanna (HotHouse Theatre); A Mile in her Shadow (Store Room Theatre Workshop); A Pilot Version of Something to Die For (Store Room Theatre Workshop) and A Commercial Farce (Malthouse), among others. Aidan was a founding member of Chameleon Theatre, a member of the Artistic Directorate of HotHouse Theatre, and Artistic Director of the Store Room Theatre Workshop. His play Chilling and Killing My Annabel Lee won the Wal Cherry Award and was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.