My Brilliant Career

7 Nov — 18 Dec 2024

Southbank Theatre, The Sumner

Sybylla Melvyn is the smartest, funniest, most outrageous teenager Australia has ever witnessed. Just ask her.

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‘Kala Gare’s power, vocal talent and charisma is undeniable.’

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Sybylla Melvyn is the smartest, funniest, most outrageous teenager Australia has ever witnessed. Just ask her.

She’s growing up in the 90s – the 1890s, that is – where life doesn’t throw a lot of options at a girl. But life didn’t reckon on Sybylla. Forced to choose between romance and her own genius, her family and a future she defines, she’s decided she’s having it all.

Miles Franklin’s novel My Brilliant Career still pulsates with the wild electric energy that made it such a sensation a century ago, and this new adaptation channels that fire into a high-energy musical. It’s a makeover that transforms one of our most enduring literary figures into a heroine for this very moment, while retaining all the wit and charm that has made this such a timeless work.

A live soundtrack that’s equal parts contemporary pop, folksy bush band and raucous pub rock will translate the untameable spirit of Sybylla into a live theatre experience to blow the ceiling off.

Adapted by music theatre’s most dynamic duo Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant alongside Sheridan Harbridge, with a cast led by Kala Gare (SIX), this world premiere is directed by our own Artistic Director Anne-Louise Sarks with Set & Costumes by Olivier award-winning Marg Horwell.


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Developed by Monash University, Melbourne, as part of the Jeanne Pratt Artist in Residency program, which culminated in a development staging directed by Petra Kalive with dramaturgy by Anna Barnes. Further development funded by City of Stonnington and Melbourne Theatre Company’s NEXT STAGE Writers’ Program.

Paul and Wendy Bonnici & Family, Tony and Janine Burgess, Kathleen Canfell, Fitzpatrick Sykes Family Foundation, 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
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  • Wheelchair Accessible

  • Hearing Assistance

  • Audio Described

  • Tactile Tour

  • Open Captioning

  • Closed Captioning

  • Auslan Interpreted

Performance Type Performance Date(s)
Audio Described
by Vision Australia
Saturday 30 November at 2pm
Tuesday 3 December at 6.30pm
Tactile Tour
at venue
Saturday 30 November at 2pm (Tactile tour commences at 1pm)
Open Captioning
via screen
Saturday 7 December at 2pm
Closed Captioning
via GoTheatrical App
Saturday 7 December at 2pm
Auslan Interpreted
by Auslan Stage Left
Tuesday 10 December at 6.30pm
Artwork for Cameron Bajraktarevic-Hayward

Cameron Bajraktarevic-Hayward

Frank / Cello / Ensemble

Artwork for Kala Gare

Kala Gare

Sybylla Melvyn / Piano

Artwork for Victoria Falconer

Victoria Falconer


Artwork for Sheridan Harbridge

Sheridan Harbridge


Dean Bryant

Dean Bryant

Book and Lyrics


Mathew Frank


Artwork for Anne-Louise Sarks

Anne-Louise Sarks


Artwork for Victoria Falconer

Victoria Falconer

Musical Director

Artwork for Amy Campbell

Amy Campbell



Marg Horwell

Set & Costume Designer

Matt Scott

Matt Scott

Lighting Designer

James Simpson

James Simpson

Orchestrator / Vocal Arranger

The Sumner

140 Southbank Boulevard

Southbank, Victoria 3006