The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets

Theatre, Drama Malthouse Theatre , Southbank Friday September 15 2017 - Sunday October 8 2017
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The Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets
Photograph: Zan Wimberley

Malthouse and Victorian Opera team up to create a new production of Tom Waits' and William S. Burroughs' musical fable from 1990

In the late ’80s, an extraordinary trifecta of American talent came together to create a contemporary musical fable inspired by the German folktale 'Der Freischütz' (or 'The Freeshooter'): theatre director Robert Wilson, composer and performer Tom Waits, and writer William S. Burroughs (The Naked Lunch).

The resulting show premiered in 1990 in Hamburg, and has been revived many times in the intervening decades (including Sydney Festival's 2005 production) – but this Melbourne Festival premiere is a new production, by director Matthew Lutton. He's teaming up with Victorian Opera, and a cast that includes Melbourne favourites Paul Capsis, Meow Meow and Kanen Breen.

The story concerns a young poet who, in order to succesfully court his beloved, must impress her father, the huntsman, with his shooting prowess. He makes a deal with the devil in order to win the woman – but, as things go in Faustian pacts, he ultimately loses everything.

Check out our Melbourne Festival 2017 highlights hit list, and our Melbourne Festival Feasts guide.

Venue name: Malthouse Theatre
Address: 113 Sturt St
Price: $35-$75
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