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RISING Festival: The Picture of Dorian Gray 

3 July @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm AEST

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A young blonde woman with short hair sits on an ornate chaise lounge, with a large bouquet of flowers by her right hand side. She is wearing a white top with blue pants, and an ornate, flowing silk gown over the top.

Kip Williams’ dazzling adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s famous novel, starring Eryn Jean Norvill in all 26 roles, won five-star reviews from publications including Limelight when it opened in 2020 and promptly sold out, hence this return season. The use of live and pre-recorded video on an increasing number of screens is mind-blowingly clever and perfectly in tune with the themes of the story, while Norvill gives an extraordinary performance. This really is thrilling theatre for the 21st century.

Limelights Editors Choice

Read the Limelight review of the production

The Picture of Dorian Gray is an odyssey of theatrical storytelling featuring an awe-inspiring performance from Eryn Jean Norvill.

Building on a career-long fascination with theatrical innovation, and stunning reinventions of classic stories, Sydney Theatre Company Artistic Director Kip Williams has written and directed an adaption of Oscar Wilde’s Gothic classic—a fable of beauty and a deal with the devil that mirrors our present moment. Williams returns with long-time collaborator Norvill, and a team of some of Australia’s finest theatre-makers, for the production’s Melbourne debut at RISING.

This one-person show is an Olympic act of performance: a sole performer nimbly shapeshifting to play all of the dark tale’s 26 characters in a cascade of theatrical transformations. Mixing singular contemporary theatre design, lush period drama, and astonishing live video, Williams’ contemporary adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray is gripping, funny and audacious.


3 July
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Arts Centre Melbourne
Melbourne, VIC 3004 Australia + Google Map
1300 182 183
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