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Flight Memory


Flight Memory

  • Date: Thursday, 14 November 2019 to Sunday, 17 November 2019, Thursday - Saturday 8pm; Sunday 4pm
  • Venue: The Street Theatre, Canberra — 15 Childers St, Canberra City West, ACT
  • Tickets: Adults: $49 | Concession: $46 — Tickets can be purchased online or by phone on (02) 6247 1223

Event Details

A narrative song cycle about Australian genius by Sandra France and Alana Valentine (Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Letters to Lindy, Cold Light), Flight Memory is a compelling story of visionary Australian scientist David Warren and the invention that transformed technological and aeronautical history: the world-changing Black Box Flight Recorder. Feel the pain of parochialism, the unconscious grind of childhood grief, and the elation of hard-won success. Completing The Street Theatre’s 2019 year, this specially commissioned world premiere is a sensory feast of live music, theatre and visual design taking us from blues, Broadway jazz, funk, and Latin to minimalism, free improvisation and beyond.

Mind-expanding live performance mixing up musical styles as Flight Memory examines how Australia treats its scientists and asks if we can live out the absolute bounds of our potential as a nation.

Commissioned by The Street Theatre, Flight Memory pairs ARIA-nominated composer Sandra France (From a Black Sky) with Helpmann-Award winning playwright and librettist Alana Valentine (Barbara and the Camp Dogs, Cold Light, MP) and these powerhouse women deliver songs of emotional resonance and engaging intellectual conjecture. Directed by The Street’s Artistic Director Caroline Stacey the production features multi award-winning jazz musicians Michelle Nicolle [2017 Bell Award Winner Jazz Vocal Album], Leisa Keen and Liam Budge, together with an exciting line-up of some of Canberra’s extraordinary jazz musicians. 

Fasten your seat belt and get ready to be transported into the mind of a creative genius, into the shock of a world in mourning, into the exhilarating mystery of human endeavour all wrapped up in the beauty of the voice and a celebration of original Australian cultural expression. 

Performers: Cast: Liam Budge Leisa Keen Michelle Nicolle Musicians: Brendan Clarke (bass) Tom Fell (saxophone) Gary France (percussion) Sandra France (piano) Jess Green (guitar) Ben Marston (trumpet)

Further information for this event is available online at the event's website or by phone on (02) 6247 1519 or by email to street@thestreet.org.au

Featured Australian Works

Flight Memory (small jazz ensemble with vocalist) (2019) by Sandra France — World premiere

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