5 – 9 January 2021

In the silent moonlight, across the phosphorescent sea, she sings...

She sings the song of the nightingale.

A call.

A call for love.


THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE, written by award-winning playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker, is a contemporary feminist adaptation of the Greek myth “Philomela”.

Philomele embarks on a journey to visit her married sister in Thrace. In Athens, she has been sheltered, guided by philosophy and art. But, on the open sea, she becomes entangled in a web of power and patriarchy.

Philomele aches for the comfort of love. Her heart beats like wings to the dreams in her head and the adventures that await her. But power, greed and lust lead to an unforgivable act. And with this act, one world stops, and the rest moves on.

As Philomele’s terrible fate grows closer, a chorus of sailors, soldiers, and waiting women turn their faces away. Could they have said something? What good is a small cry against kings and gods?

THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE reveals a myth reverberating through time. This is a world that is not as far from us as we would like to believe. Beautiful, wild, and mysterious, this is a timeless place which is both familiar and disturbing.

Can our voices give us the power to amend the past, fight the present, and reimagine the future? Or will we say nothing?

"It is heartening to see a company of emerging theatre artists with such promise, and the innovative staging is a creative coup that theatregoers will appreciate when they experience for themselves."
THE AGE

DURATION
70 minutes no interval

WARNINGS (18+)
Adult Themes | Sexual References | References to Sexual Assault | Violence | Smoke Machine | Haze Machine | Loud Noises

Written and Created by
TIMBERLAKE WERTENBAKER
Arrangement with ORiGiN Theatrical On Behalf of
SAMUEL FRENCH, A CONCORD THEATRICALS COMPANY
Director and Producer
SIMRAN GIRIA
Production Manager
GEORGINA BRIGHT
Stage Manager
CAITIE MURPHY
Sound Designer
BIANCA MONTAGNER
Set Designer
VEDAT BAKISH
Set Builder
TIERNAN MACLAREN
Lighting Designer
GEORGIE WOLFE
Costume Designer
KIRKY KIRKMAN
Performed By
NIKOLETA ALEXIADOU, ELLY D'ARCY, AMANDA DHAMMANARACHCHI, TIERNAN MACLAREN, MONIQUE MARANI, LUCY PATERSON, LUCAS RINDT, GRETEL SHARP, EMLYN SUGDEN, SPENCER TRIPODI

Theatre Works presents

The Love of the Nightingale

By Timberlake Wertenbaker
Directed by Simran Giria