A recurring nightmare
A small boy and a stroke victim share a surreal, distorted reality. The man howls his rage and despair. The boy has a recurring nightmare.
The nightmare centres on a day by a lake, a picnic with his parents and another couple, a disenchanted colleague and his wife. A row erupts… infidelity, and who is the father of the child? One man rows out inthe centre of hte lake. He is seized by a warning stroke, the harbinger of a massive one to follow, and he struggles towards the shore. The others rush to his aid, except for the boy, who stands paralysed.
Described as a musical docu-drama, Stroke was the third production by Chamber Made Opera.
1989: World Premier Season, Theatre Works (October)
Directed byDouglas Horton
Composed byStephen Leek
Text byBruce Keller
CastColin Batrouney, David Bonney, Louise Kan, Jacqui Rutten, Jennie Swain
MusiciansBridgit Burke, Louise Burn, Wendy Couch, Diana Reardon, Jennie Rolands