Brett & Wendy... A Love Story Bound by Art
Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image in association with Riverside Theatre Parramatta | Australia
World Exclusive
18–27 January Riverside Theatres $45–$60 + BF 75 minutes
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EVENT INFO
VENUE
WHEN
  • 18 January at 7:30pm
    19 January at 2pm and 7:30pm
    20 January at 2pm (Talk following the performance at 4pm) & 6pm
    22 January at 7:30pm
    23 January at 11am and 7:30pm
    24 January at 7:30pm
    25 January at 7:30pm
    26 January at 4pm
    27 January at 2pm and 6pm

TICKETS & PRICING
  • Preview (18–19 January)
    General admission 
    $50 / $45
    + booking fee

    Season
    General admission
    $60/ $55
    + booking fee
Brett & Wendy... A Love Story Bound by Art
Kim Carpenter's Theatre of Image in association with Riverside Theatre Parramatta | Australia
World Exclusive

Take a deep dive into the extraordinary, turbulent artistic partnership of Brett and Wendy Whiteley.

Together since they were teenagers, Brett and Wendy made an indelible impression on a burgeoning Australian contemporary art scene. They blazed a trail from Sydney in the late 1950s, to London in the swinging 60s, to New York City in the tumultuous Vietnam War years. Eventually, they settled at Lavender Bay, where Brett captured Sydney Harbour in his signature ultramarine blue. But there were dark times ahead – restless years of separation and addiction that ended with Wendy alone, building and tending her magnificent “Secret Garden”.

Kim Carpenter (The Book of Everything, Lulie the Iceberg, Monkey... Journey to the West) directs and designs, and Lucas Jervies (The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company) choreographs a visually ravishing production that conjures the joys, passions and struggles of Brett and Wendy’s relationship. 

ARTIST TALK + Q&A 
Sun 20 January at 4pm
Join the creative team behind the show to find out more about the research, the creation and staging of the show. Creator Kim Carpenter and Wendy Whiteley will be in attendance. 
This event is free but requires registration.
Register here

“For flair and sheer visual pleasure, the company is streets ahead of anyone else”  Sun-Herald

Accessibility
Important Info
Recommended for ages 16+. This performance contains nudity. Lockout applies. Latecomers to be admitted at a suitable moment in the productions.
Cast and Credits
PERFORMERS
Paul Gleeson (Home And Away, Rake) as Brett Whiteley
Leeanna Walsman (Star Wars, Wentworth) as Wendy Whiteley
Jeanette Cronin (Letters To Lindy) as Brett’s sister Frannie
Tony Llewellyn-Jones (Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) as Lloyd Rees
Plus Olivia Brown, Yasmin Polley and dancers Robbie Curtis, Dean Elliott, Naomi Hibberd

CREATIVE TEAM
Created, written, directed and designed by: Kim Carpenter (Monkey…Journey to the West)
Choreography by: Lucas Jervies (The Australian Ballet’s Spartacus)
Percussive score by: Peter Kennard (Monkey…Journey to the West) featuring snippets of Brett Whiteley’s favourite songs including Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and David Bowie
Costume Designer: Genevieve Graham.
Digital video by: Fabian Astore
Lighting by: Sian James-Holland

Photo: Brett & Wendy in Bali 1980, Brett Whiteley Archive, copyright Wendy Whiteley, The Brett Whiteley Studio.

Artwork: Remembering Lao Tse (shaving off a second) 1967 Brett Whiteley, copyright Wendy Whiteley, The Art Gallery of NSW.
18–27 January
$45–$60 + BF
75 minutes
“Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image holds a special and unique place in the Australian theatrical landscape”
Sydney Morning Herald
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