Brief Synopsis

Media Release_You're History_Brief Synopsis_Draft 130923From soft whimpers to stormy crescendos, cast yourself adrift in this romantic, gripping undertaking from the vanguard of Australian theatre, Nigel Kellaway.

Celebrating an enduring connection with Performance Space’s 30 year history, Kellaway brings us Brief Synopsis – an entrancing mix of heartbreaking drama, sumptuous music, and the cool allure of France’s filmic Nouvelle Vague.

Brief Synopsis is set within a specially commissioned world of large-scale animated photography by Kellaway’s long term associate Heidrun Löhr, and performed with a virtuosic ensemble of three celli, double bass and piano that evokes classical music’s timeless greats (Strauss, Beethoven, Bach, Mozart).

Brief Synopsis places Kellaway, Katia Molino and David Buckley centre-stage in Carriageworks’ epic Bay 17, guiding audiences through an arresting narrative where a beautiful naked woman, ‘of a certain age’, brutally stabs a young man to death…..

This is a re-sculpting of contemporary theatre into a kinetic spectacle of cinematic proportions – a watershed moment for Performance Space, The opera Project and You’re History!

‘Theatre as loud and soft bits… fast and slow. Brief Synopsis is a performance work redolent of the aesthetics of abstract painting – where the audience is encouraged to look at, rather than through the artefact,” says creator, Nigel Kellaway.

Brief Synopsis is presented as part of You’re History! an electrifying 12-day season of all Australian-made performances celebrating 30 years of Performance Space.

Created by: Nigel Kellaway, Katia Molino, David Buckley, Heidrun Löhr, Richard Montgomery, Steve Meyer, Laura Moore, Catherine Upex, Ashley Kurrle, Benjamin Au, Clytie Smith, Hans Bildstein

Brief Synopsis
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh
Season: 27 – 29 November 2013
Bookings: 1300 723 038 or online at:

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Image: The opera Project Inc. Brief Synopsis (2013) – photo by Heidrun Löhr