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

Access Information:
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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.