BLIND LOVE INSPIRES
THE joy and challenges that ensue from falling deeply in love are a relatable component of humanity.
They also make for wonderful theatre.
Perth Theatre Company artistic director Melissa Cantwell was inspired to write her latest work, The Song Was Wrong, 15 years ago while in Vietnam.
“It was sort of a seed that was planted by an anecdote I was told in passing while there about a piano player who fell in love with a French woman and went blind and she left him,” the director said.
“There was something about that image that really stuck with me – it had a bit of a mythical or fairytale quality.
“My first response was to write a poem about the piece and I sat with that for a while and it just developed in my head as a story where its theatrical potential started to excite me.
“Ideas take the time they take to be realised and find the right form.”
Cantwell said the story spanned three generations, included live piano music with composition by Nick Wales and was a highly visual piece.
Picture: Marcus Whisson
“The world we’re creating travels from very real-life scenarios to quite hyper-real and in to the surreal journey that our pianist goes on,” she said.
“Within that there are visual elements, movement elements and sonic elements that are supporting that sense of finding and losing love.”
The cast, which includes emerging dancer/performer Jacinta Larcombe and veteran actor George Shevtsov, will wear costumes by Perth fashion designer Aurelio Costarella and Fleur Kingsland.
Cantwell said she had ad- mired Costarella’s work for a long time, having met him through the theatre company.
“I approached him to be involved in the production and was thrilled he said yes. His work brings a beautiful femininity and element of fantasy as well to the piece,” she said.
“He and Fleur have created a really gorgeous palette of costumes. It’s really joyous to be working on a piece that’s about love.”
The Song Was Wrong will be performed from June 4 to 20 at Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA.
Perth Theatre Company's artistic director Melissa Cantwell (centre) with actors Jacinta Larcombe and George Shevtsov at Beans and Bunches in Northbridge.