Gavin Roach presents the Victorian premiere of Michael Gow's Toy Symphony.
Roland Henning has writer's block. When he tries to explain the situation to a therapist, his story begins to tumble back and forth between his childhood and his work as a playwright. At the root of it all is that extraordinary day in primary school which shattered his boyhood and plunged him headlong into the dizzy circus of life and art.
Toy Symphony was written at a time when white privilege and the toxicity of power in masculinity, heteronormativity and queer misogyny within the arts was at its peak; there has never been a better opportunity to challenge the norm and expose the grotesque horror beneath.
Probing society’s nerve endings to expose the current politics around white ownership of Australia, the unfiltered objectification of women, and the blind narcissism of ‘self', this surrealistic nightmare is for anyone who isn’t afraid to rage against the personal and political machine.
Warning: Contains some nudity, mild coarse language, both sudden and sustained loud noises, potentially triggering content or themes, including Drug References,Misogyny,Sexual References,Simulated Blood
"Rich and exhilarating." - Sydney Morning Herald
"It’s tempting to draw all kinds of conclusions from the parallels between Gow’s life and this work, but at the end of the day it’s the work that matters while the rest is pure conjecture." - Australian Stage Online