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Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan Tickets
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Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan Tickets

A new operatic work by some of Australia's most acclaimed creative talents, bringing a real-life tragedy, and eventual triumph, to the Sydney Opera House.
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Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan Tickets

About Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan

The moment and the movement that changed Australia.

As his body hit the water, few heard the impact. But the ripple effect of the murderous act defied natural law and swelled to seismic scale.

It’s half a century since the infamous drowning of Dr George Ian Ogilvie Duncan; a moment in time that triggered an alleged police cover-up, a city-wide scandal, national outrage, a Scotland Yard investigation… and a glaring absence of convictions.

Most importantly, Dr Duncan’s death led South Australia to decriminalise homosexuality, ahead of the rest of the country.

Watershed, a ravishing new operatic work and the hit of the 2022 Adelaide Festival, is a collaboration between some of Australia’s most acclaimed creative talents.

Helpmann Award-winning playwright Alana Valentine and author Christos Tsiolkas (The Slap) have created a searing, no-punches-pulled libretto. Brisbane composer Joe Twist’s score is luscious and ultimately transcendent. And Australian theatre and opera legend Neil Armfield’s production is as deeply felt as it is thrillingly physical.

Written as an oratorio, Watershed turns the illicit into the sacred, through powerful choral music, solo voices and dance. It fuses inquest transcripts, press clippings, private correspondence and monologues spanning five decades of anti-gay violence, and pays tribute to the unassuming academic whose untimely death lit a fuse.

See for yourself why Watershed was met with five-star reviews, a sold-out premiere season, and rapturous, teary standing ovations at every performance.

Run time

1hr 40min

Start date

14th June, 2024

End date

16th June, 2024

Categories

Production note
Please Note: this production contains strong sexual references and explicit language.

Venue

Joan Sutherland Theatre, Sydney Opera House

Bennelong Point, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2000

Directions

GETTING TO THE VENUE: One of the most iconic buildings in the world – the Sydney Opera House is an architectural masterpiece and vibrant performance space.

BY PUBLIC TRANSPORT: The Sydney Opera House is a six-minute walk to Circular Quay which is regularly served by public buses, trains and ferries to Circular Quay.

BY CAR: Wilson Parking owns and operates the public Sydney Opera House Car Park, which is located at 2 Macquarie Street (Northern end). The car park is open 24 hours, 7 days a week, and has undercover access to the Sydney Opera House Lower Concourse.

For further information please visit the Sydney Opera House

More information about Watershed: The Death of Dr Duncan

★★★★★ "If I could, I would give it six stars.” – LIMELIGHT

CAST

DUNCAN/DUSTAN: Mark Oates

MICK O’SHEA/COP/LAWYER: Pelham Andrews

Opera Australia Orchestra Opera Australia Chorus

CREATIVE

COMPOSER & ORCHESTRATOR: Joseph Twist

LIBRETTO: Alana Valentine & Christos Tsiolkas

CONDUCTOR: Brett Weymark

DIRECTOR: Neil Armfield

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR: Cheryl Pickering

SET & COSTUME DESIGNER: Ailsa Paterson

LIGHTING DESIGNER: Nigel Levings

SOUND DESIGNER: Jane Rossetto

VIDEO DESIGNER: Sean Bacon

CHOREOGRAPHER: Lewis Major

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