An ordinary life. An extraordinary heart.
As Justin’s heart breaks, so does his mind. Haunted by the memory of his first love’s demise and unable to see the emergence of a new one, he mines the debris of his world in search of hope. Hope to live and hope to love again.
How do you end six years of life? Six years of love?
A premiere production written and directed by Justin Nott (“utterly mesmerising” – Myron My, MyMelbourneArts), Variations or Exit Music is an autobiographical elegy for queer love. A deeply personal play that will give you hope in the dark.
‘This show is unimaginable and it is a blessed relief to see edgy independent theatre that provokes critical thinking and contains great production value’ – Weekend Notes (on Human_Error)
Content Warning: Haze and strobe lighting, coarse language, drug references, smoking, sexual references, references to violence, references to mental illness and self-harm.
Variations or Exit Music will also be livestreamed on Sep 16, Friday, 7:30pm. Livestream playback will be available until Sep 19, Monday, 10am.
Written & Directed by Justin Nott
Set & Costume Designed by Eloise Kent
Sound Design by Edwin Cheah
Musical Composition by Danni A. Esposito
Creative Producer Nicole La Bianca
Dramaturge Bridget Mackey
Lighting Design by Clare Springett
Performed by Matthew Connell, Lachlan Martin, Yuchen Wang & Joss McClelland
Stage Manager Tom Backhaus
Intimacy Coordinator Isabella Vadiveloo
Publicity Cameron Lukey
Image by Skye Sobejko
Auslan performance: Sunday 25 September, 4 pm
Visual rating 50%: Events are partly subtitled or include dialogue, background music and/or sounds, so d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences can have some engagement with the event.
Aural Rating 50%: Has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to be able to engage with the event.