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Christopher Sainsbury

The Visitors

Digital Access From 18–21 October 2023

Based on the play The Visitors by Jane Harrison.

We join seven Aboriginal Elders in 1788 as they meet ‘The Visitors’.

Imbued with Aboriginal customs, melody and humour from composer Christopher Sainsbury and libretto by original playwright and Muruwari woman, Jane Harrison, it tells the story of the early days of colonialism and its impacts on the First Peoples. Through metaphors of birds falling from the sky and changes to the weather, we watch as the Elders question how to respond to ‘the visitors’.

Joining us for the first time Queensland Theatre Associate Artist and Noongar man, Isaac Drandic, will work alongside Victorian Opera’s Head of Music, Phoebe Briggs, as conductor, with a cast assembled from across Australia.

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The Visitors Web Programme
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Creatives & Cast

Creative Team

Composer Christopher Sainsbury
Librettist Jane Harrison
Conductor Phoebe Briggs
Director Isaac Drandic
Designer Richard Roberts
Lighting Director Rachel Burke


Joycie Jess Hitchcock
Winsome Shauntai Sherree Abdul-Rahman
Lois Lillian Fromyhr
Gordon Zoy Frangos
Jacob Marcus Corowa
Gary Elias Wilson
Albert Eddie Muliaumaseali’i


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Ticket Information

Ticket Prices

Single Tickets ($39-$150)

Price Type
30 Years & Under
Group (6+)
Arts Access Victoria
School Groups
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