William Zappa

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The Iliad – Out Loud

Help bring William Zappa’s epic adaptation of Homer’s legendary Iliad to Belvoir St Theatre for Sydney Festival 2019.

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Homer’s Iliad is the HBO series of the classics – the greatest story of heroism, betrayal and war. The world’s oldest ‘performed story’.

At the invitation of Sydney Festival Director Wesley Enoch, William Zappa is premiering his 9 hour production, The Iliad – Out Loud, in January 2019 at Upstairs Belvoir St Theatre.

In addition to the Sydney Festival fee we need to raise $60K to bring this epic to the stage.

Originally commissioned in 2012 by ABC Radio Drama moments before it was abolished, William has been working for six years on his unique adaptation of over 18 translations of The Iliad using Iambic Hexameter as the base rhythm. His adaptation is for actors and for speaking out loud as it was meant to be.

William has presented readings in living rooms (Sydney and Athens), theatres (the Old Fitzroy Theatre and the Street Theatre Canberra), Steki Taverna in Newtown through to ANU and Oxford University. And now, adaptation complete – it is out loud from here on.

The Iliad – Out Loud festival premiere provides an opportunity for William’s vision to create an audio recording to bring his Iliad to a broader audience including schools. This production brings together some of Australian’s finest talents with actors Heather Mitchell, Socrates Otto and William Zappa alongside internationally acclaimed musicians Michael Askill and Hamed Sadeghi.

William has funded and resourced his Iliad thus far. Rehearsals begin on 26 November and the target is to find other ‘Iliadists’ to support this Sydney Festival production.

The goal is to raise $60K to cover the full costs of rehearsals; creative team and performer fees; set and costumes; musical instrument hires; and record this production for future audio audiences all by the end of December 2018.

William is supported by Creative Partnership Australia through MATCH Lab, and all donations up to $10K will be supported with a matched grant.

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William Zappa

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NSW

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My career spans 5 decades in film, television, and theatre. After training at London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, and performing in theatre in the UK, I moved to Australia in 1981. I have played major roles for STC, MTC, Bell Shakespeare, Ensemble, Belvoir St Theatre, State Theatre of SA, and Griffin. Stand-out roles include Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman (SATC) the thirteen characters in Bell Shakespeare’s Government Inspector (Green Room Award), Anthony in BSC’s Anthony and Cleopatra, Richard in Richard III (STCSA,) Don Juan Adelaide Festival, Edward Damson in Gift of The Gorgon (STC). Awards include: Thenardier in Les Miserables, the role which inspired me to write Winter’s Discontent, and SCTA best Actor for Antigone 2016.

In 2018 I performed in MTC/STC award winning The Children and STC’s St Joan.

Film work includes: Dead Europe, Men’s Group, The Monkeys Mask, Head On, Bootmen, Quigley Down Under, Mad Max 2 and a New Zealand Film Best Actor Award nomination for Crush. Television work includes: Rake, Magazine Wars, City Homicide, All Saints, GP, and a Penguin Award for Best Actor in Women of the Sun.

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