‘Big-hearted, home-grown musical theatre romp.’
‘Poignantly funny and uniquely Aussie comedy experience.’
‘Bloom comes up roses.’
ABOUT THE SHOW
From the co-creator behind some of Australia’s most beloved films (The Castle, The Dish) and our smash-hit production The Speechmaker, Bloom is a big-hearted new musical comedy that celebrates the power of music to connect us across generations, starring comedian Anne Edmonds alongside Frankie J. Holden, Evelyn Krape, Vidya Makan, Maria Mercedes, Eddie Muliaumaseali’i, John O’May, Christina O’Neill, Jackie Rees and Slone Sudiro.
When Mrs MacIntyre, the scheming owner of aged care home Pine Grove, decides to cut costs by offering uni students free board in return for them helping out as carers, she does not count on the arrival of Finn Bailey. Lazy and unqualified, Finn soon clashes with over-worked carer Ruby, before setting off a chain of events that lead to romance, rebellion and a residents’ choir.
Showcasing his trademark humour, Working Dog’s Tom Gleisner (Have You Been Paying Attention?, Utopia) injects exuberant cheer and remarkable truth into his characters and his setting, turning one of Australia’s most shameful recent failures – aged care – into a vision of hope and possibility. Collaborating with singer, actor and composer Katie Weston (Falling Forward, Sugartown) and directed by Dean Bryant (Fun Home), they have crafted a heartwarming, uplifting and joyful musical that reminds us that there is always something to learn, no matter how old we are.
Original Arrangements by Katie Weston and Ned Wright Smith.
Premiere Production Arrangements by Zara Stanton.
Developed by Working Dog and Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program with the support of our Current and Inaugural Playwrights Giving Circles.
Current Playwrights Giving Circle
Paul and Wendy Bonnici & Family, Tony and Janine Burgess, Kathleen Canfell, Jane Hansen AO and Paul Little AO, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener, The Margaret Lawrence Bequest, Helen Nicolay, Tania Seary and Chris Lynch, Craig Semple, Dr Richard Simmie, Fitzpatrick Sykes Family Foundation
Inaugural Playwrights Giving Circle
Louise Myer and Martyn Myer AO, Maureen Wheeler AO and Tony Wheeler AO, Christine Brown Bequest, AC KC and Maria Myers AC, Tony Burgess and Janine Burgess, Dr Andrew McAliece and Dr Richard Simmie, Larry Kamener and Petra Kamener
|Performance Type||Performance Date(s)|
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 5 August at 2pm
Tuesday 8 August at 6.30pm
by Vision Australia
|Saturday 5 August, 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)|
|Saturday 12 August at 2pm|
by Auslan Stage Left
|Tuesday 15 August at 6.30pm|
|Relaxed Performance||Wednesday 16 August at 2pm - Visual Story|
Cast & Creatives
Frankie J. Holden
Betty / Chef
Sal / Inspector / News Reporter / Trev
Book and Lyrics
Director / Production Dramaturg
Music Director / Arranger / Orchestrator
Voice & Text Coach
Melbourne Makers: Katie Weston
Composer Katie Weston gives us the low-down on writing the music for Bloom and why she connected so strongly to this unique, Australian story.
Script notes with Vidya Makan and Dean Bryant
Vidya Makan and Dean Bryant discuss their script notes for the musical comedy Bloom - book and lyrics by Tom Gleisner and music by Katie Weston.
Watch the video trailer for Bloom ahead of seeing the production live on stage.
Scroll through this gallery to see photos from this heartwarming new Australian musical.
Melbourne loves Bloom
Hear what audiences are saying about Bloom, our funny and heartwarming new musical with book and lyrics by Tom Gleisner and music by Katie Weston.
Meet the characters of Bloom
Get to know the eclectic bunch of characters that occupy Pine Grove aged care home in our new musical Bloom.
Bloom in three words
We challenge the Bloom team to sum up this big-hearted new musical dripping with Australian satire and humour in just three words.
Bloom behind the scenes
Step into the Bloom rehearsal room and hear from the co-creators, director and cast about bringing this big-hearted, one-of-a-kind new Australian musical to life.
Grow A Little Older
Enjoy a first listen of the music of Bloom as the cast sing a snippet of the moving song 'Grow A Little Older'.
Emotion and heart
Learn about the inspiration behind Bloom and the process of creating this heartwarming new Australian musical from co-creator Tom Gleisner.