by Michael Gow


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by Michael Gow

Michael Gow's first full-length play in a decade is a dazzling tour-de-force of theatrical invention.

Roland Henning has writer's block. When he tries to explain the situation to a therapist, his story begins to tumble back and forth between his childhood in The Shire and his work as a playwright. At the root of it all is that extraordinary day in primary school which shattered his boyhood and plunged him headlong into the dizzy circus of life and art.

Toy Symphony moves between the present day and flashbacks to Roland Henning’s childhood in the Sutherland Shire in the 1960s. His story is funny, fiercely eloquent and shockingly honest. Toy Symphony is a wrestle between the vicious bastardry of being an artist and the sheer exhilaration of the creative act.

"Rich and exhilarating." - Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

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Helpmann Award for Best New Australian Work (2008 winner)

Sydney Theatre Awards - Best new Australian Work (2007 winner)

Louis Esson Prize for Drama (2008 nominee)

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