TODD IN VENICE
Agnes yearns after a young and beautiful gay boy Todd – will she lose her chance by becoming female?
The classic ‘Death in Venice’ reimagined, with Thomas Mann’s innocent Tadzio, now the gay boy Todd, rampaging around Venice and getting up to mischief. Agnes, in Venice to collect gaudy masks and glassware, yearns after Todd, but is in the process of transitioning. Michael, in Venice to write a musical, also finds Todd irresistible. Will Agnes lose her chance with Todd by becoming female? Or will she lose him anyway to her friend Michael? On top of all this, the water levels in Venice are rising and threatening to sweep them all away on a tide of emotion.
From award winning writer Sofia Chapman, this comedy features up and coming music and theatre stars Joseph Lai as the laconic Michael and Alex Beyer as the young and beautiful Todd. Kate Hosking is the melancholy Agnes (who starred as the Baroness of Inverness in Sofia’s ‘Untitled, or The Seat of Narcissa’ in 2016), James Adler the mysterious Doge of Venice who was supposed to have died in the 18th century, and Terry Cole is resident musician, gondolier and persistent clown (who played the Norse God Woden in Sofia’s award winning ‘The Four Accordionists of the Apocalypse’ in 2012). ‘Todd in Venice’ featured in the ‘Playtime’ play reading and script development series at Gasworks in Midsumma 2016.
Written and directed by Sofia Chapman
Performed by Kate Hosking, Alex Beyer, Joseph Lai, James Adler and Terry Cole
Lighting design by Annabel Warmington
Photograph by Annabel Warmington
Set design by Alana Hunt
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Part of the 2017 Midsumma Festival