Iconic Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly and magnetic Irish-French chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan star in this evocative new music theatre work, joined by O’Sullivan’s long-time musical director Feargal Murray.
Inspired by the works of W.B. Yeats and other great Irish poets, Ancient Rain combines the spoken word with a song-cycle of new compositions. Kelly and O’Sullivan inhabit a range of diverse characters as they reveal a tapestry of themes, from the cost of love and the price of independence, to the inadequacy of faith and the power of forgiveness.
Ancient Rain sees two legendary performers in the intimacy of a theatrical setting. Kelly’s modest yet masterful style meets O’Sullivan’s powerful vulnerability, taking you on a journey of loss, yearning and redemption.
…Kelly’s a unique, very Australian voice. No performer in this country quite expresses yearning like he does. There’s an ache in his voice, and in the best of his songs – a story.— The Guardian
When she sings it’s as though her breath is soaked in paraffin; one spark, and the whole room would ignite.— The Telegraph (UK)
Original music Paul Kelly, Feargal Murray and Camille O’Sullivan
Director Chris Drummond
Musical Director Feargal Murray
Designer Gaelle Mellis
Lighting Designer Neil Simpson
Sound Designer John O’Donnell
Performers Paul Kelly and Camille O’Sullivan with Feargal Murray (piano), Dan Kelly (electric guitar) and Sokol Koda (cello)
A Far and Away production in association with Brink Productions. Co-commissioned by Melbourne FestivaL and Adelaide Festival Centre.
Photo: Sean and Yvette/Martin Philbey