Ghost Quartet Group Photo

New Theatre Company presents Australian Premiere of Ghost Quartet

Gasworks Arts Park August 14 – 23

Antipodes Theatre Company is proud to present the Australian premiere of Dave Malloy’s Ghost Quartet. “When Ghost Quartet premiered in New York, it generated the kind of buzz that few original musicals experience,” says Brandon Pape, Antipodes artistic director. “I am thrilled to share this quirky and poignant piece with Melbourne audiences.”

Hailed as “rapturous” by The New York Times, Ghost Quartet blurs the line between a contemporary concept album and traditional musical theatre. Four musicians gather to drink whisky and share centuries-old stories about love, death, and betrayal, exposing mysterious and dangerous details from their own past along the way. 

The cast of actor-musicians includes David Butler (Mad World: The Immersive Theatrical Experience), Melissa David (From: New York, For: Him at the Butterfly Club and Adelaide Fringe), Patrick Schnur (Twelfth Night with Australian Shakespeare Company), and Willow Sizer (Death of a Demi Diva at Melbourne Cabaret Festival).

“Ghost Quartet slyly addresses the questions of why we want to believe in ghosts and feel the need to keep talking about them. And I promise you, you will believe by the evening’s end…one of the most ingenious and affecting finales I’ve come across in years.”– The New York Times “The brilliantly inventive Dave Malloy’s theater songs make you blue like the sky: sad but high. Listening to his brand of emo-pop regret laced with cosmic hope, it’s like you’re watching a spectacular sunrise after a night of whiskey and lame flirting.”– Time Out New York

Dave Malloy is a composer/writer/performer/orchestrator based in Brooklyn, NY. His most recent show Octet, an acappella musical, enjoyed a critically-acclaimed extended run at New York’s Signature Theatre.

Ghost Quartet is directed and designed by Pape, with musical direction by David Butler, movement direction by Madison Lee, lighting by Adelaide Harney, sound by Jedd Schaeche, stage management by Jackie Mates and Diane Pereira, production management by Kristy Griffin, and graphic design by Julian Leon.

Pape adds, “I moved to Melbourne from New York City just over a year ago, and in that time have loved experiencing the variety and richness of the performing arts here in Australia. To be leading a new company through an artistically ambitious first season is such a gift, and I hope that we can contribute to the vibrant landscape of Australian theatre for years to come.”

Antipodes Theatre Company seeks to provide a collaborative and diverse environment for producing independent theatre in Melbourne. ATC strives for inclusive hiring practices through a commitment to at least 50% of all positions filled by women, people of colour, and other members of historically or culturally marginalized communities.

Post-show forum: Director Brandon Pape will host a question-and-answer session with members of the cast following the performance on Wednesday August 21. 

Ghost Quartet 

Gasworks Arts Park, Studio 

21 Graham St, Albert Park (corner of Graham and Pickles Streets)

August 14 – 23. Preview August 14, opening night August 15. 

Times: Mon – Thurs 7.30pm, Fri 7.30pm & 10pm, Sat 5pm, 7.30pm & 10pm

Tickets: $42, $35 concession 

Bookings: www.antipodestheatre.com / (03) 8606 4299 

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Pic by Lauren Broeren