The tumultuous world of iconic artist Brett Whiteley and his wife, muse, model and confidante, Wendy will be brought to stage this summer, as part of the exciting Sydney Festival 2019 line-up.
Presented by Riverside Theatres and Theatre of Image, the world-premiere production of Brett & Wendy: A Love Story Bound By Art is set to enthral audiences with its riveting depiction of Brett and Wendy's extraordinary, turbulent artistic partnership over three decades.
Written, directed and designed by Kim Carpenter (Monkey…Journey to the West), the story follows Brett and Wendy's relationship from first meeting in their teens; their time spent in New York's Hotel Chelsea in the 60s; their days in Lavender Bay where Brett immortalised Sydney Harbour in his signature ultramarine blue; and finally, the separation which saw Brett in The Studio in Surry Hills and Wendy in the tower home overlooking her magnificent 'Secret Garden'.
Audiences will be immersed in the love, joy and poignancy of the Whiteley world; from Brett's rise to become a superstar artist, his struggles to express himself with paint and canvas, and ultimately the road to tragedy.
The the compelling drama features a stellar cast, including Paul Gleeson (TV's House of Bond, Home and Away) as Brett, Leeanna Walsman (Star Wars and TV's Wentworth) as Wendy, Jeanette Cronin (Letters to Lindy) and Tony Llewellyn-Jones (Opera Australia's My Fair Lady). The cast is supported by three dancers choreographed by Lucas Jervies (The Australian Ballet's Spartacus) and the percussive score by Peter Kennard (Monkey…Journey to the West) is highlighted with snippets of Brett's favourite songs including Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and David Bowie.
Director Kim Carpenter regards Brett & Wendy as a passion project - "Brett and Wendy's story has always captivated me and I've been searching for a way to bring it to the stage – the story of the mind and heart of this fascinating couple. And of course, to capture the art for which Brett is so well known. This story is irresistible subject matter for Theatre of Image as the company is focused on visual storytelling."
Brett & Wendy: A Love Story Bound By Art plays at Riverside Theatres for a strictly limited season, from 18th to 27th January 2019. Tickets are now on sale through riversideparramatta.com.au or from the Box Office (02) 8839 3399. Early bookings are advised.
Early bookings are advised.