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The Riders

The Coopers Malthouse, Merlyn Theatre
23 Sep 2014 - 4 Oct 2014

Love is a fierce beast.

Award-winning composer Iain Grandage and librettist Alison Croggon breathe new life into Tim Winton’s gripping portrait about the panic and terror of someone suddenly bereft of love. When the unthinkable happens, Scully, a decent hearted Australian embarks on a race across Europe desperately trying to locate his missing wife, with his young daughter Billie in tow. A bold reimagining of an acclaimed Australian novel, with a score featuring bouzoukis, piano accordions, fiddles and the sublime recorder playing of Genevieve Lacey. Directed by Malthouse Theatre’s Artistic Director Marion Potts.


Merlyn, The Coopers Malthouse

Tuesday 23 September, 7.30pm
Thursday 25 September, 7.30pm
Friday 26 September, 7.30pm
Saturday 27 September 7.30pm
Tuesday 30 September 7.30pm
Wednesday 1 October 7.30pm 
Friday 3 October, 7.30pm
Saturday 4 October, 7.30pm

90 minutes with no interval. 

Tactile tour - Friday 3 October, 6.20pm
Audio described performance - Friday 3 October, 7.30pm


Cast & Crew

Creative team

Composer Iain Grandage
Librettist Alison Croggon
Based on the novel by Tim Winton

Conductor Richard Mills
Director Marion Potts
Set & Costume Designer Dale Ferguson
Lighting Designer Matt Scott


Scully Barry Ryan
Jennifer Jessica Aszodi
Billie Isabela Calderon
Arthur Jerzy Kozlowski
Marianne Dimity Shepherd
Alex David Rogers - Smith


Orchestra Victoria


“★★★★ (The Riders) is an opera of rare dramatic power, utmost musicality and first-rate performances.”

The Age

“Together, Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre have created a bewitching jewel of contemporary music theatre.”

The Australian

“In presenting a new work of this quality, Victorian Opera’s dedication to the art form is unmatched by any other arts company this year.”

Man in a Chair

The Riders is presented by

Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre

This production is proudly supported by

Victorian Opera New Work Syndicate