What’s On: Destiny Doomed (Observatory Theatre)

Image credit: Geoff Lawrence, Creative Futures Photography

Destiny Doomed

29 September – 8 October 2022

Musgrave Park, South Brisbane


Observatory Theatre will present Destiny Doomed, a musical retelling of Ireland’s infamous legend ‘Deirdre of the Sorrows’ by Brisbane writer and composer Anina-Marie Van Wyk, under the stars in the heart of South Brisbane.

Featuring an original acoustic folk-pop score and set against the leafy background of Musgrave Park, Destiny Doomed combines heartfelt storytelling with strong messages about mastering your life and finding your place in the world.

Destiny Doomed tells the story of a girl locked away by the King until she is of age to marry. The girl is cursed by a prophecy, predicting that she will bring great suffering to the kingdom. Soon, rebellion ignites, and she isn’t going away quietly.

Clarise Ooi will play the role of Deidre in Destiny Doomed. Image credit: Geoff Lawrence, Creative Futures Photography.

Playwright and composer Anina-Marie Van Wyk said the legend of Deirdre has long been a favourite of hers. “Deirdre’s story has always been sad. I wrote this musical to give her a voice and to celebrate her power,” she said. “The show speaks to victim blaming and roars with feminine strength. It profoundly declares women the masters of their own story.”

Destiny Doomed will feature Brisbane based performers Clarise Ooi, Laura Fois, Elliot Gough, and Kieran Evans. This is an outdoor performance, and audiences are encouraged to bring their own picnic blankets and camp chairs.


For ticketing and further information, visit the Observatory Theatre website


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