by Melita Rowston
Photo: Clare Hawley

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by Melita Rowston

A detective story on desire.

Zadie’s writing a book that’s going to blow the international art world apart. Can she prove that an illicit affair between Belle Époque artists Édouard Manet and Berthe Morisot actually occurred?

There’s only one problem - she can’t find the letter that proves her theory.

Obsessed with what she believes to be a 'perfect' love affair between two dead artists, one that she has been able to chart through a series of 11 intimate, fraught and exposing portraits, Zadie has buried herself in archives, dossiers and letters to the point where her grip on reality is becoming uncertain.

Go on a journey through the art galleries, archives and studios of old Paris in search of the truth.

Based in the worlds of art and academia, Between the Streetlight and the Moon explores Australia’s fraught relationship with the cultural centres of London and Paris. The piece unearths wider themes of creativity, love, failure and how artists’ thoughts make or break their practice.

Between the Streetlight and the Moon combines the suspense of a detective story with the transformative power of art to change the way we look at each other and ourselves.

Sometimes as artists and lovers, we settle for the streetlight instead of aiming for the moon.

"One is urged to listen and imagine.” - Kevin Jackson's Theatre Diary

“Truly delightful. Powerfully evocative. A rare treat that theatregoers will find thoroughly enjoyable.”- Suzy Goes See

"Moves fluidly and grips consistently in its 100 minutes.”- Sydney Morning Herald

"A complex and meaningful piece."- Stage Whispers

"This engaging, complex play is layered with narrative, ideas, art and relationships..."- Rose Reviews New Plays

"A strong visual and dramatic impact." - Stage Noise

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Patrick White Playwrights Award (2016 nominee)

Silver Gull Play Award (2015 nominee)

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