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An Imaginary Life

10 June 2024
Australian classic novel An Imaginary Life has been adapted by actor Humphrey Bower to be an intimate duet for actor and musician.

This is a story about learning to live wherever we find ourselves. To coexist with people who are already here. And learning to belong here by coming to terms with who we are, and who we can be here.

The award-winning creative team that brought you The Apparatus and The Golem are back with another masterful literary adaptation for the stage.

Seminal Australian classic novel An Imaginary Life by David Malouf has been adapted by actor Humphrey Bower (Things I Know To Be True, Mary Stuart, The Tempest) and will be performed by Humphrey and live musician Pavan Kumar Hari.

An Imaginary Life is about the Ancient Roman poet Ovid living in exile on the edge of the Black Sea, and his encounter with a ‘wild child’. He teaches the child to speak and learns about the latter’s connection to nature and life.

An intimate duet for actor and musician, the show will be presented in the historic Moores Building Art Space in Walyalup/Fremantle, with the audience seated in close proximity around the performers.

An Imaginary Life is a site-responsive work tailor-made (and re-made) for found venues and their communities. The team will also be collecting stories from community members about each venue and sharing those as part of the project.

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