This production will appeal to lovers of music, drama and dance. Written originally as a dramatic poem, Ibsen in 1874 wrote to Grieg and told him he was ‘thinking of adapting Peer Gynt for the stage. Will you compose the music?’ Extracts of the resulting score became familiar concert items loved across generations but the complete score was lost until the 1980s. Since its discovery there have been concert performances in Australia yet there are no records of a performance as a theatre piece in its entirety. We will unite these two great works as their Scandinavian creators intended them to be.
The project will educate, enrich and entertain audiences of all ages. Trolls and other mythical creatures are to be performed by popular, local street dancers – their vigorous rhythmic movements cleverly integrated into Grieg’s lush, romantic music. Young admirers of these dancers will be introduced to a classic play about a wayward, rebellious youth and hear powerful, unforgettable music.
Kevin Jackson in his theatre review of Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, wrote of the importance of ‘Grand Old Fashioned Theatre… the like of which one thirsts for in Sydney.’ Presenting a treasure like Peer Gynt serves to enhance the richness and diversity of Sydney’s cultural life. New creators benefit from experiencing the building blocks of their craft with the opportunity to draw from centuries of knowledge.
We are a not-for-profit, inclusive, pro-am theatre company presenting impressive productions on a shoe-string. To guarantee our high standards, musicians and principal performers are paid award wages. Most of our production team work pro bono and offer mentoring opportunities to those of all abilities who are willing to learn administrative and back-stage skills. Our Peer Gynt project requires professional musicians and performers. Donations will mean we can keep ticket prices to a minimum allowing equitable access to all audiences – not just the financially affluent.
We are asking for support to engage top musicians to play Grieg’s glorious music. $45,000 will pay for 30 musicians – the minimum our music director believes are needed to do justice to the score.
This is a unique opportunity to be part of an historical theatrical event. A classic play, rarely performed, combined with magnificent music – some of which is as familiar as an advertising ditty and other melodies that have never been heard before. Academics have compared this rare gem of music theatre to modern movies – where the drama and music are integrated to add to the rich scenic panorama.
The production is planned for August 2020.
All donors will be kept updated throughout the planning, audition and production process. We look forward to your involvement in this exciting project.