Roland Henning has writer’s block. When he tries to explain the situation to a therapist, his story begins to tumble back and forth between his childhood and his work as a playwright. At the root of it all is that extraordinary day in primary school which shattered his boyhood and plunged him headlong into the dizzy circus of life and art.
Toy Symphony was written at a time when white privilege, and the consciousness of toxic behaviour within the arts was not challenged; this production aims to challenge it. Using the aesthetics of grotesque horror, this production explores the toxicity of power, masculinity, heteronormativity and queer misogyny.
The work probes societies nerve endings to expose the current politics around white ownership of the Australian landscape, education and the unfiltered objectification of women, innocence and the blind narcissism of ‘self.’ This Toy Symphony is a surrealistic nightmare for anyone who isn’t afraid to rage against the machine.
The creative team feel that it is incredibly important to bring Australian voices to the stage and give them as wide an audience as possible.
All funds raised will go directly to the set and costume costs, ensuring that the story the creative vision of the work is fully realised.