Thu, 28 Nov


The Street Theatre

Flight Memory

A wonderful new Australian work, world premier music by Sandy France, Lyrics by Alana Valentine

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Flight Memory

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28 Nov 2019, 8:00 pm

The Street Theatre, The Street Theatre, 15 Childers St, Canberra ACT 2601, Australia

About the event

A Narrative Song Cycle about Australian Genius

By Sandra France (From a Black Sky) and Alana Valentine (Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Letters to Lindy, Cold Light)


A mesmerising series of songs. A spellbinding portrait of scientific endeavour. A homage to invention in our country that will inspire and challenge the belief ‘everything good gets invented somewhere else’ .

This compelling story of visionary Australian scientist David Warren and the invention that transformed technological and aeronautical history explores the core human emotions behind the world-changing Black Box Flight Recorder. Feel the pain of parochialism, the unconscious grind of childhood grief, and the elation of hard-won success.

Completing our 2019  year, this specially commissioned world premiere is a sensory feast of live music, theatre and visual design taking us from blues, Broadway jazz, funk, and Latin to minimalism, free improvisation and beyond. Mind-expanding live performance mixing up musical styles as Flight Memory examines how Australia treats its scientists and asks can we live out the absolute bounds of our potential as a nation?

Commissioned by The Street Theatre, Flight Memory pairs ARIA-nominated composer Sandra France (From a Black Sky) with Helpmann-Award winning playwright and librettist Alana Valentine (Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Cold Light, MP) and these powerhouse women deliver songs of emotional resonance and engaging intellectual conjecture. Directed by The Street’s Artistic Director Caroline Stacey the production features multi award-winning jazz musicians Michelle Nicolle [2017 Bell Award Winner Jazz Vocal Album], Leisa Keen and Liam Budge together with an exciting line-up of some of Canberra’s extraordinary jazz musicians

Fasten your seat belt and get ready to be transported into the mind of a creative genius, into the shock of a world in mourning,  into the exhilarating mystery of human endeavour all wrapped up in the beauty of the voice and a celebration of original Australian cultural expression

Cast:  Liam Budge, Leisa Keen, Michelle Nicolle Musicians: Brendan Clarke Tom Fell Gary France Jess Green Ben Marston

Director: Caroline Stacey Music Director: Sandra France Set and Costume Design: Imogen Keen Lighting Design: Nik Pajanti Sound Design: Kimmo Vennonen

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