New VCA production shows off the next generation of musical stars

July 14 / 140

Henry Brett as Tom in A Little Touch of Chaos. Photo: Jeff Busby.
Henry Brett as Tom in A Little Touch of Chaos. Photo: Jeff Busby.

New music theatre show A Little Touch of Chaos opened last week at the Victorian College of the Arts.

With dedicated funding from the State Government through Arts Victoria, A Little Touch of Chaos writer James Millar and composer Peter Rutherford extensively workshopped the piece to create a strong, new, Australian voice in music theatre of a modern, urbane Australian identity.

Based loosely on the author's family, the show is a modern day fable about the psychology of domestic guilt and the way it shudders through families. 

Mr Millar said he sought to tell a loosely autobiographical story on how events and experiences between parents and their children manifest and evolve in the next generation.

“This work will appeal to anyone who has felt that they’ve inherited something through time from a parent,” he said. 

“The idea of smashing the ties that bind and discovering yourself lies at the heart of the piece.”

Mr Millar said director Iain Sinclair’s priority was to express the tough Australian character in the face of adversity and encourage the cast of VCA music theatre students to make a new creation, rather than a remodelling of international music theatre influences.

The show is performed by the VCA Music Theatre Company 2014 and undergraduate production students.

The season runs until Saturday 26 July in the newly refurbished Grant Street Theatre, Grant St, Southbank.

Tickets are available online through Try Booking.

See a preview of the musical in the Visions vodcast below.



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