Riverside Theatres and Theatre of Image will present the world-premiere production, 'Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound by Art', from 18th to 27th January as part of Sydney Festival 2019.
This compelling drama will delve into the tumultuous world of iconic artist Brett Whiteley and his wife, muse, model and confidante, Wendy. Together, they experienced incredible highs and lows, and ultimately wove an unforgettable impression on the Australian art scene.
Written, directed and designed by Kim Carpenter, the production will feature a stellar cast of six alongside three dancers choreographed by Lucas Jervies. A percussive score by Peter Kennard will feature snippets of Brett’s favourite songs including Bob Dylan, Nina Simone and David Bowie.
The story follows Brett and Wendy’s relationship from first meeting in their teens; their time spent in New York’s Hotel Chelsea in the 60s; their days in Lavender Bay where Brett immortalised Sydney Harbour in his signature ultramarine blue; and finally, the separation which saw Brett in The Studio in Surry Hills and Wendy in the tower home overlooking her magnificent Secret Garden.
Audiences will be immersed in the love, joy and poignancy of the Whiteley world; from Brett’s rise to become a superstar artist, his struggles to express himself with paint and canvas, and ultimately the road to tragedy.
'Brett & Wendy…A Love Story Bound by Art' stars Paul Gleeson as Brett, Leeanna Walsman as Wendy, Jeanette Cronin and Tony Llewellyn-Jones amongst others.