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The Will To Be

Where
301 Forbes St
Darlinghurst NSW 2010
Australia
Qtopia Sydney - The Substation
When

Tuesday 25 June from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 26 June from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday 27 June from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Friday 28 June from 7:30pm to 8:30pm Saturday 29 June from 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Cost

Adult: $42Concession: $38

An award-winning solo show by Mark Salvestro, exploring forbidden love in 1960s Australia, laced with the words of Shakespeare.

A University Office, 1962: homosexuality is illegal. Junior lecturer William O’Halloran has been dismissed from his probationary position. His secret is out.

As he packs up his beloved belongings, William recalls the defining decisions that have led him to this moment. But time is ticking away. His wife Lola is due to arrive any minute. And the curtain is soon to rise on the student union production of Romeo and Juliet.

Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers isn’t the only forbidden love story on campus. And the leading man knows this all too well…

The Will To Be is an exploration of Australia’s queer history, societal shame, and a defiant cry to speak truth to power.

Winner of a Best Theatre Weekly Award at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.

“A masterful performance.” – Stage Whispers

“An absolute must see… an astounding piece of theatre.” – Australian Arts Review

★★★★★ “Completely enthralling, and devastatingly romantic…” – Adelaide Theatre Guide

★★★★½ “A spell-binding solo performance…" – The Barefoot Review

Creative Team

  • Writer, Performer, Producer: Mark Salvestro

  • Directors: Sarah Hallam & Phoebe Anne Taylor

  • Set Designer: Carmody Nicol

  • Costume Designer: Oliver Ross

  • Sound Designer: Steve Carnell

  • Photo credit: Sare Clarke

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