Grey's Lobotomy is a brand new Australian musical playing at the Alex Theatre this Winter!
Created by talented Australian musical theatre writer and composer Xavier Brouwer, whose previous productions include MACKILLOP (2008), DIVE (2011) and Sighs of Sorrow (2012), Grey's Lobotomy offers up a satirical take on the Australian health system.
The musical is centred on Registered Nurse Violet Grey and parodies well-known public health campaigns such as Life.Be.In.It and the Grim Reaper.
"It boggles the mind that a hundred years after Florence Nightingale demonstrated the importance of a smoothly running public health system we still can't get it right," says writer Xavier Brouwer. "In fact she makes an appearance in our show to point that out in person!" Xavier continues: "There is a lot of material for comedy in the health system, but also a chance to show the human side, the nurses and other health workers, who despite the shortcomings of the system, work hard to get the best possible health outcomes for their patients".
On the public health side of things, the satire is even more hard-hitting. "The Australian food industry lobby that continuously blocks attempts to reduce the enormous amount of premature death and suffering caused by mostly preventable diet-related diseases such as heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes and stroke, gets totally ripped into, as does the pharmaceutical industry that seems more focussed on developing drugs that keep patients alive to generate ongoing sales, rather than actually curing them so they don't need to be on drugs at all."
Audiences can expect the hilarious Norm from Life.Be.In.It and his sister Libby to come alive onstage as will the Grim Reaper from the 1980's AIDS campaign. "As new HIV infections are on the increase again, the associated public health organisations have been debating whether they should bring back the Grim Reaper. Well, we have made that decision for them!" says Xavier."
Grey's Lobotomy is playing at the Alex Theatre from Friday 10th July to Sunday 26th July, 2015.
Tickets are now on sale through Ticketek. Tickets are priced from $30pp.
Please note Grey's Lobotomy has an effective rating of PG and is suitable for children with open-minded parents aged 7 and above.