Man against machine in a musical comedy from the golden age of pop


Joe Jackson Steppin' Out
Antony Pitts Mind Over Matter
Wang Chung Dance Hall Days


A zany and toonful chamber opera about two lifts and a computer virus in a bed of 1980s pop gold served up by five singers, two speakers, and four hands at one piano.


Susannah Lawergren – Anna
Anna Fraser – Mabel
Maximilian Riebl – Professor Karl Rime
Robert Macfarlane – Doctor Phil T. Reezon
Andrew O'Connor – The Guard

Leonie Cambage – Associate Director
Antony Pitts – Artistic Director

A cartoonesque prequel to Anna’s Rapid Eye Movement (premiered by The Song Company in Sydney Opera House), Mind Over Matter is a chamber opera for 5 singers, speaking piano duet and computer operator, by the Company’s Artistic Director, with theatrical direction by Leonie Cambage. The story is set (not far) in the future: the world has been taken over by a giant computer corporation called BABEL, run by a man known simply as “the Boss”, and, of course, someone is trying to hack into its central computer system. BABEL’s corporate headquarters has 127 floors and just two lifts (with characters of their own). There is a Guard who will not venture off the ground floor, two suspicious characters called Rime and Reezon who carry two identical briefcases, a power-crazy executive who falls in love and then loses her mind, and the heroine Anna herself. The music is inspired by the melodic pop of the 1980s and the program begins and ends with arrangements of some classic hits from Joe Jackson’s Steppin' Out to Wang Chung’s Dance Hall Days.



Tue 20 Aug 7.30pm | Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre

Wed 21 Aug 7.30pm | Bathurst Memorial Entertainment Centre

Fri 23 Aug 7.30pm | The Street Theatre, Canberra

Sat 24 Aug 3pm | Wollongong Art Gallery

Thu 29 Aug 7.30pm | Hobart Town Hall

Fri 30 Aug 7.30pm | Melbourne Lawler Theatre Company

Sat 31 Aug 7.30pm | Nexus Arts Centre, Adelaide

Tue 3 Sept 7.30pm | Brisbane

Thu 5 Sept 7pm | Newcastle Conservatorium

Sat 7 Sept 3pm | The Independent Theatre, North Sydney


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