The Heartbreak Choir

25 Apr — 28 May 2022

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

From the revered playwright behind one of MTC’s most beloved recent hits, The Architect, comes this funny and uplifting celebration of music, friendship and community.

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This is rated 4 out of 5 stars

‘Electric … quietly gripping and hugely satisfying.’

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‘So disarming and funny and true.’

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ABOUT THE SHOW

From the revered playwright behind one of MTC’s most beloved recent hits, The Architect, comes this funny and uplifting celebration of music, friendship and community. A world premiere production, The Heartbreak Choir is a warm-hearted hug of a play that will make you want to sing out loud.

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.

Brought to the stage by The Architect director Peter Houghton, The Heartbreak Choir is a joyful, song-filled snapshot of a devastated community learning how to heal. Featuring Tariro Mavondo (Jumpy), William McInnes (An Ideal Husband), Emily Milledge (The House of Bernarda Alba), Genevieve Morris (True Minds) and Louise Siversen (Noises Off), this emotionally resonant MTC NEXT STAGE commission is the last work from playwright Aidan Fennessy – a fitting final act of togetherness.



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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.

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 14 May at 2pm
Tuesday 17 May at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
by Vision Australia
Saturday 14 May, before the 2pm performance
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 21 May at 2pm
Tariro Mavondo

Tariro Mavondo

Aseni

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William McInnes

Peter

Emily Milledge

Emily Milledge

Savannah

Genevieve Morris

Genevieve Morris

Mack

Louise Siversen

Louise Siversen

Totty

Peter Houghton

Peter Houghton

Director

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

Rachel Lee

Rachel Lee

Assistant Lighting Designer

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006