The Will To Be

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Image by Sare Clarke Photography

An award-winning solo show exploring homosexuality in 1960s Australia, laced with the words of Shakespeare

A University Office, 1962: homosexuality is illegal. Junior lecturer, William O’Halloran, has been dismissed from his probationary position. His secret is out.

As he packs up his beloved belongings, William recalls the defining events that led him to this moment. Time is ticking away. His wife Lola is due to arrive any minute. And the curtain will soon rise on the student union production of Romeo and Juliet.

But Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers isn’t the only forbidden love story on campus. And the leading man knows this all too well...

The Will To Be’ is an exploration of Australia’s queer history, societal shame, and a defiant cry to speak truth to power.

Winner of a Best Theatre Weekly Award at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe, and hailed as ‘a masterful performance’ (Stage Whispers) and ‘compelling and must-see theatre’ (Melbourne Observer).

Written, performed and co-produced by Mark Salvestro
Co-produced by BCauseArts
Sound design by Steve Carnell
Set Design by Carmody Nicol
Costume Design by Oliver Ross
Photography by Sare Clarke

"a spell-binding solo performance."
— The Barefoot Review

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Dates & Times

WHEN 19-23 Apr | Mon, Tue, Thu 6:30pm | Wed, Fri 8:30pm


FULL $30.00
CONC $20.00


La Mama Courthouse

349 Drummond St, Carlton

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1, 6 to stop 112 | any Swanston St tram to stop 1

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