A morality play for the commercial half hour
Award winning screen writer/ director, Matt Saville (Noise. Roy Hollsdotter Live, We Can Be Heroes), winner of the 2006 Premier’s Literary Award, joins forces with composer, Bryony Marks, to create a satirical and ultimately poignant deconstruction of TV-land.
Crossing Live is a contemporary fable, a morality play in the guise of a half-hour Current Affairs program, exploiting opera’s extraordinary potential for drama and theatricality to expose the farce of contemporary mainstream journalism.
Set in a television studio with a hard-edged anchor-woman, a tricky director, a long-suffering studio crew, a big-hearted make-up artist, musicians, and a live audience Crossing Live combines contemporary music-theatre and live video with TV current affairs and the dark side of journalism.
Winner of the 2007 Green Room Award for Best New Australian Work (Opera) – Bryony Marks and Matt Saville
Winner of the 2007 Green Room Award for Outstanding Performance (Theatre – New Form) – Luke Elliot
2007: World Premiere, Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse (15 – 22 September)
Musical DirectorBrett Kelly
Lighting DesignerPaul Jackson
Vision MixerTim Brown
Performers:Steve Adams, Chloe Armstrong, Luke Elliot, Evelyn Krape, Stewart Morritt, Dimity Shepherd