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The Weight Of Light
27 July 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm AEST
An event every day that begins at 7:30 pm, repeating until 27 July 2018
An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating indefinitely
Call him back, we’re calling him back – we need our son here with us.
Having completed his latest tour of Afghanistan, an Australian soldier is on leave and taking the opportunity to return to his family’s farm in regional New South Wales – he is looking forward to resting.
However, as he makes his way home he is confronted by news that is both life-affirming and devastating, which pushes him to reveal a dark secret that clings like a ghost.
Ultimately he must question everything he knows. What sort of man is he? What does it mean to be brave? And what future might be waiting for his family?
“a gem of a piece” – Canberra Times
“a very powerful and stunning presentation” – Sydney Vocal Project
Acclaimed writer Nigel Featherstone and composer James Humberstone have collaborated to produce this gritty, song-filled chronicle giving voice to the personal impact of modern warfare and the costs that are borne by families.
Bittersweet memories meet night-shattering dreams and the stilling gaze of children, in a terrain of physical beauty and inner turmoil.
Australia’s participation in the war in Afghanistan is the nation’s longest ever military involvement, and The Weight of Light is an intimate portrayal of man and soldier that pulls the audience into the cracks of human relationships and masculine identity in the 21st century.
A man of war meets the force of family.
- Featuring Michael Lampard as The Soldier
- Pianist: Alan Hicks
- Composition: James Humberstone
- Libretto: Nigel Featherstone
- Direction: Caroline Stacey
- Production Design: Imogen Keen
- Lighting Design: Linda Buck
Photo: Shelly Higgs Novel Photographic, courtesy of The Street & GRC
The Weight of Light was commissioned by the Goulburn Regional Conservatorium with creative development by The Street Theatre, Canberra.
Composed by James Humberstone (Sydney Conservatorium of Music, The University of Sydney) as part of his ongoing research outputs.