The myth of the artist
The Hive explores the creation and exploitation of the myth of the artist through the life and afterlife of English poet Rupert Brooke.
With great wit and irony, The Hive chronicles the terrible post-mortem swarming of the self-interested after Brooke’s death, with Brooke wandering through the opera as a hapless ghost commentating on the obscene manipulations of his work and estate.
Written in 1990 by Sam Sejavka, a man whose own life was immortalised in the 1987 film, Dogs in Space, The Hive won the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama in 1990 and was adapted into opera by brilliant young composer, Nicholas Vines.
Winner 2006 Green Room Award for Best Opera Production
Winner 2006 Helpmann Award for Best Opera Direction (Douglas Horton)
2006: World Premiere, Arts House Meat Market (28 August – 10 September)
Opera composed byNicholas Vines
Text bySam Sejavka
Directed byDouglas Horton
Music DirectorBrett Kelly
Set DesignAnna Tregloan
Lighting DesignPaul Jackson
PerformersAnna Margolis, Sally Wilson, Michael Gillies Smith and Matthew Champion with SIMON MEADOWS as Rupert Brooke
KeyboardsMark Kruger and Daniel Yim