The Heartbreak Choir


Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

William McInnes, Genevieve Morris, Ruva Ngwenya and Louise Siversen star in the world premiere of Aidan Fennessy’s touching new comedy, The Heartbreak Choir, directed by Peter Houghton.

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'Audiences should flock to it.'

Time Out (on The Architect)
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'Tickles your sides in one moment and in the next drives a knife between your ribs.'

The Age (on The Architect)


In this backwater country hamlet on the fringes of the commuter belt, the local choir was always the quiet heartbeat of the town. It brought people together. But then a devastating event shattered everything and split the town in two. Now, Choir leader, Barbara, and her friends must start a new choir – The Heartbreak Choir – and they have a lot to prove. Not just to the town, but to themselves. With no basses, no gigs, no Annual Arts and Culture Festival and a tentative rehearsal space in the old CFA Hall on the edge of town, this choir, more than ever, need to find a reason to sing.

Aidan Fennessy’s follow-up to one of our most beloved plays of 2018, The Architect, is an endearing new commission for MTC featuring songs by Leonard Cohen and other greats, which celebrates the power of comedy and reminds us how music can transcend adversity to give us hope for the future.

With a stellar cast including William McInnes (An Ideal Husband), Genevieve Morris (True Minds), Ruva Ngwenya (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical), Louise Siversen (Noises Off), Emily Milledge (The House of Bernarda Alba), and directed by a master of comedy, Peter Houghton (The Odd Couple), this big hearted story offers a joyous tale of healing and redemption.


The Heartbreak Choir was commissioned through MTC’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Playwrights Giving Circle Donors, The Ian Potter Foundation, Naomi Milgrom Foundation, The Myer Foundation, Malcolm Robertson Foundation and The University of Melbourne.


  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 4 July at 2pm
Tuesday 7 July at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Commences at 1pm, prior to the 2pm performance on Saturday 4 July
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 11 July at 2pm

William McInnes


Emily Milledge

Emily Milledge


Genevieve Morris

Genevieve Morris


Artwork for Ruva Ngwenya

Ruva Ngwenya


Louise Siversen

Louise Siversen


Peter Houghton

Peter Houghton


Artwork for Christina Smith

Christina Smith

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

J David Franzke

J. David Franzke

Composer & Sound Designer

Artwork for Lyall Brooks

Lyall Brooks

Assistant Director

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006