21 April – 20 May 2022
Ad Astra Theatre, 57 Misterton St, Fortitude Valley
Written by playwright Michael Gow, who was Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company from 1999-2010, Toy Symphony follows the journey of Roland Henning, a playwright suffering from dreaded ‘writers’ block’. As he embarks on a voyage of self-reflection in the hope of finding himself again, the audience is given glimpses of his troubled past, and the possible causes of his current malaise.
The play combines real time storytelling with moments of flashback and elements of magical realism, introducing characters from the present day, from Roland’s childhood, and even the occasional figure from history. As the production’s director, Michelle Carey, writes: “…And in the middle of all of these and more, Roland Henning struggles with his own identity, his creativity, and his imagination, just as we all do in the hope of being better, more creative people.”
Toy Symphony premiered in Sydney at Belvoir St Theatre and was a critical and popular success, awarded Best New Australian Work at the 2008 Helpmann Awards, and also nominated for Best Play. The production also won four Sydney Theatre Awards including Best Mainstage Production.