The Song Was Wrong

The Song Was WrongAn epic love story spanning three generations, Melissa Cantwell’s The Song Was Wrong is a tale of hope, memory, and redemption at Perth’s Studio Underground from 5 June 2015.

The Song Was Wrong is a highly visual and physical work. Telling the story of a pianist and the woman he loved and lost, their instant attraction and passionate love affair, the characters they met, the decisions they made and how their lives are entwined forever.

Exploring love, art and the relationship between a musician and his muse, The Song Was Wrong is an original work written by Perth Theatre Company’s Artistic Director Melissa Cantwell, and teams with Aurelio Costarella, one of Australia’s most respected fashion designers.

The production utilises an evocative and original score by Nick Wales (Sydney Dance Company, Sarah Blasko), and transforming the Studio Underground into a rich and layered world, is a design by Bruce McKinven (Company B Belvoir, Bell Shakespeare, Queensland Theatre Company).

“The Song Was Wrong was inspired by a story I was told many years ago in a piano bar in Saigon,” says Melissa Cantwell. “It was the story of a pianist who fell deeply in love with a French woman during the occupation of Vietnam.”

“It’s creatively energising to be writing and directing a new piece, and incredibly inspiring to be working with such a fine ensemble of artists on a deeply human story of love and loss.”

Writer / Director: Melissa Cantwell  Featuring: Astrid Grant, Felix Jozeps, Jacinta Larcombe, Sarah Nelson, Thomas Papathanassiou, George Shevtsov  Costumes: Aurelio Costarella with Fleur Kingsland  Set Designer: Bruce McKinven  Original Score: Nick Wales  Lighting Design: Matthew Marshall  Movement: Lisa Scott-Murphy

The Song Was Wrong
Studio Underground – State Theatre Centre of WA, 174-176 William Street, Perth
Season: 5 – 20 June 2015

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Image: The Song Was Wrong – photo by Thinh Dong