The Heartbreak Choir (audio described)


Date 14 May 2022

Time 14:00 PM


The Sumner, Southbank Theatre Box office

Address , Southbank , VIC

Phone 8688 0800



Audio Described Saturday 14 May at 2pm

Tuesday 17 May at 6.30pm

The Sumner, Southbank Theatre

140 Southbank Boulevard, Southbank

Box Office: 03 8688 0800

  • Companion Cards accepted – please mention Audio Description when booking
  • Playwright: Aiden Fennessy
  • Director: Peter Houghton
  • Cast Includes: Tariro Mavondo, William McInnes, Emily Milledge, Genevieve Morris and Louise Siversen
  • Content warnings: Contains coarse language, mature themes, references to sexual assault and references to suicide.

From the revered playwright behind one of MTC’s most beloved recent hits, The Architect, comes this funny and uplifting celebration of music, friendship and community. A world premiere production, The Heartbreak Choir is a warm-hearted hug of a play that will make you want to sing out loud.

In the old CFA hall on the outskirts of town, a small group of locals come together to sing, and to connect. Aseni, Barbara, Mack, Savannah and Totty have splintered from their original choir on a matter of principle and are intent on forging their own path. With their latest recruit Peter along for the ride, they have a new name, a space to rehearse in and a public debut booked. All they need now is to right the wrongs of the past … and to find a song that pairs perfectly with the local winery’s Sangiovese.

Brought to the stage by The Architect director Peter Houghton, The Heartbreak Choir is a joyful, song-filled snapshot of a devastated community learning how to heal. Featuring Tariro Mavondo (Jumpy), William McInnes (An Ideal Husband), Emily Milledge (The House of Bernarda Alba), Genevieve Morris (True Minds) and Louise Siversen (Noises Off), this emotionally resonant MTC Next Stage commission is the last work from playwright Aidan Fennessy – a fitting final act of togetherness.

Stuck on the weatherboard wall of a community hall is a purple poster covered with numerous red hearts with a jagged, white line through the middle. Faces of four women and one man are set in the centre of the poster, above writing on a green background that reads The Heartbreak Choir performing live at the Arts and Culture Festival Saturday Night 7pm.