‘This show is fabulous.’
‘I loved the positive, queer, feminist rewrite of Cyrano.’
ABOUT THE SHOW
Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Virginia Gay ups the ante with a joyous, gender-flipped retelling of Cyrano de Bergerac, packed with music, wit and aching romance. Freely adapting and reimagining Edmond Rostand’s classic play, Gay gives us a delightfully self-aware theatrical rom-com for our times.
Cyrano is the most interesting person in any room – a wordsmith, a charmer, a ruthless fighter. She works twice as hard and runs twice as fast as any of the pretty boys, because she’s deeply ashamed of something about herself. Enter Roxanne: brilliant, beautiful Roxanne – a student of life, with a penchant for poetry and a way with words, just like Cyrano. But Roxanne doesn’t like Cyrano … not like that. She’s only got eyes for Yan: hot, manly Yan; all-brawn-and-no-brains Yan, who is dumbstruck around Roxanne. Probably shy, right? Until suddenly he starts saying the most amazing things. But it’s not Yan writing these perfect love scenes, it’s Cyrano ...
With director Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling) at the helm, Virginia Gay (Vivid White, The Beast) in the title role, and a triumphant return to the stage after lockdown closed the production hours before opening in 2021, this is the Cyrano we both need and deserve: a love letter to hope; to overcoming loneliness and isolation; to language and desire, and the irrepressible magic of theatre; and to the hot mess that is the human heart.
Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.
Script development of Cyrano by Virginia Gay (after Edmond Rostand) has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, Sydney Festival and the NSW Government through Create NSW and the City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants.
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 15 October at 2pm
Tuesday 18 October at 6.30pm
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 15 October, before the 2pm performance|
|Saturday 22 October at 2pm|
Cast & Creatives
Musical Director & Additional Composition
Set Concept & Design
Costume Designer & Set Design Realisation
Assistant Lighting Designer
Designer Jo Briscoe discusses how costumes communicate character, and practical considerations in costume design.
To celebrate Cyrano, MTC partner The Melbourne Gin Company have created Roxanne’s Kiss, a special twist on a classic gin & tonic that you can make at home.
Learn more about Virginia Gay’s joyous, music-filled take on Edmond Rostand’s literary classic – a modern love letter to language, desire and the magic of theatre.
Melbourne Makers: Xani Kolac
Cyrano is not a musical but it is a show filled with music. The play’s musical director and composer, Xani Kolac, explains the difference – and tells us why this non-musical is also magical.
Cyrano Education Pack
A resource pack for teachers and students to learn more about the MTC production of Cyrano by Virginia Gay after Edmond Rostand.
Cyrano’s chorus is a key part of the play’s interrogation of old storytelling tropes. The three chorus members help analyse why we continue to tell old stories, and how we can tell new stories; stories for everybody.
Why be a woman?
Playwright and actor Virginia Gay talks about why the title role of Cyrano is perfect for a woman to play.
Meet your Chorus: Robin Goldsworthy
Playing chorus member number 2, a character who is ‘insufferably intense about theatre’, professional pretender Robin Goldsworthy says he’s basically playing himself as he was at age 22.
Meet Your Chorus: Holly Austin
Holly Austin is an actor, a musician, a playwright, a trained clown and improviser, and chorus member number 3 in Cyrano. Her character’s bravery changes the course of the play.
Meet Your Chorus: Milo Hartill
A self-identified ‘silly bean’, Milo Hartill is excited to be taking on the role of chorus member 1 in Cyrano, and trying to passively and directly influence the play’s narrative to go in a less tragic way.