The Bridge of San Luis Rey

There is a land of the living and a land of the dead, and the bridge is love...

It’s 18th century Peru. An ancient Incan rope bridge collapses sending five strangers plummeting to their deaths and unleashing a fabulist’s tale of conspiracy, seduction and betrayal. In this thrilling reimagining of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-winning novel, as adapted by Phillip Kavanagh, Adelaide’s celebrated Brink Productions brings their unique theatricality to a daisy chain of stories and coincidence that leads five strangers to meet their fate. The incomparable Paul Capsis, in an extraordinary act of theatrical shamanism, inhabits the role of Camila Perichole, the greatest actress of her age, as she draws the audience into an epic narrative that ultimately reveals her own heartbreaking story. Joining Capsis on stage, inside Jonathan Oxlade’s magical deconstructed 18th century world, Australia’s acclaimed guitarists Slava and Leonard Grigoryan bring their breathtaking virtuosity to infuse the world with the heat and sweat of Latin American music, transporting us across oceans and time and into a communion with the Fates.

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY © 1927 The Wilder Family LLC

SACE: Music, Drama, Creative Arts

Year Level: 10+
Date: Wednesday 21 July (Term 3 Week 1)
Venue: Space Theatre
Time: 11am
Duration: 90min + 20min Q&A
Price: Schools $25 Equity $15

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