The music of exclamation
The Two Executioners
Merlyn Theatre, Malthouse
World Premiere - Napier Street Theatre
While her husband is tortured to death in an adjacent room, a mother argues with her two small children the merits of what is taking place…
Adapted from the controversial one-act play by absurdist writer Fernando Arrabal, writer/director Douglas Horton teams with composer David Chesworth to produce an ironic, darkly funny and ultimately disturbing new work.
Employing what composer David Chesworth calls “the music of exclamation”, Arrabal’s macabre and almost comic tale is as much a revealing statement about human betrayal as it is a political allegory, spiced with telling characterisation and potent ambiguities.
… a stunning example of Chamber Made Opera at its best.
Easily the most impressive and memorable piece of music theatre [in 1994] has been Chamber Made Opera’s brilliant adaptation of Fernando Arrabal’s The Two Executioners, a production in which all the elements (music, text, performances, designer, Douglas Horton’s direction and choice of venue) were fused into a deeply satisfying whole.
…ingenious and splendidly witty…
… utterly sensational. Quite honestly, The Two Executioners is pretty much flawless.
- Winner Most Outstanding Fringe Performance, The Age Performing Arts Award
- Winner Management (financing/staging) in Opera, Green Room Awards
- Winner Best Piece of Music Theatre, Independent Monthly vote
Commissioned and premiered by Chamber Made Opera.
Composed byDavid Chesworth
Adapted and directed byDouglas Horton
After the play byFernando Arrabal (translated by Barbara Wright)
WithBernadette Robinson, Tracy Bourne, Deanne Flatley, Robert Jackson, John McAll and Peter Neville
Set Design byTomek Koman
Costume design byLouise McCarthy
Lighting design byMargie Medlin