Posts Tagged ‘vesalius’

It’s rare to get a good team shot out of the mid-thickets of production but here’s a wonderful capture of the Vesalius crew, wrapping up what was a fantastic week of realising the show at RiAus. There have been some terrific responses – even suggestions of award nominations – and I leave in no doubt […]

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Here’s a link to ABC’s StateLine feature on Vesalius – a Requiem, broadcast last night. The show had its official Australian premiere on thursday evening (3rd June), with a post-show launching of Various People. Board chair, Pauline Brooks, introduced company patron Anthony Steel, (former director of the Adelaide Festival), who described the show as “uncompromising, […]


Vesalius previews this evening at Riaus. The show is sold out tonight and tomorrow (thurs), with tickets disappearing fast for the remaining five performances. The show will feature on ABC’s StateLine on friday evening. ABC’s Paul Klaric interviews composer/performer Richard Chew in his scrubs. Director Cheryl Pickering awaits her turn in front of the camera. […]


Energy and excitement as we launch into production weekend, with the Various People team at full stretch – whether in the construction of an auditorium for the space at RiAus, the finalisation of backing tracks (I can hear man Chew tapping away furiously at the keyboard in his basement cave), Choir rehearsals, Lighting/Technical plot, or […]


We’re piecing together Vesalius – a Requiem, from fragments – scratchy video excerpts, musical manuscript, leftover props, pamphlets and notebooks; photos taken by Martin in the police mortuary in Southwark, typed-out texts from Alan, scribbled texts from me… …and memories. Memories which often contradict or fail. There was no single clean documentation of a performance, […]


The time for secrets is over. Today we split the heart sac. In this small room we unpack the hidden things, set free the stopped voices, the sins kept silent, the shut breath. Here, at the terminus, nothing matters. (words by Alan Hay, photo by Martin Crook) Vesalius – a Requiem was the first music-theatre […]


Great news – a request for Stan’s Cafe’s The Cleansing of Constance Brown to appear at an uber-cool Festival in Cologne at the end of May! It will be the show’s first outing since September ….except (damnit) ….I can’t do it, because….. Great news – a request for The Modified Toy Orchestra to appear at […]


A flurry of excited e-mail exchanges with my co-Resurrectionists Cheryl Pickering and Richard Chew confirms that our music-theatre opus Vesalius-a Requiem is closer to being restaged. Rick and I created the piece for The Old Operating Theatre Museum, at London Bridge, in 1996, having previewed it in mac‘s intimate Hexagon Theatre a couple of months […]