Eastern Reporter - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

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.­mu­ni­ d438074

Perth Theatre Com­pany's artis­tic direc­tor Melissa Cantwell (cen­tre) with ac­tors Jac­inta Lar­combe and Ge­orge Shevtsov at Beans and Bunches in North­bridge.

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