Seymour Centre in association with Sydney Festival presents

The Museum of Modern Love

World Premiere

22 - 30 Jan 2022

Past Event

"[A] rare treat… an astute meditation on art, bravery, friendship, love, how to live, and on dying." - Sydney Morning Herald novel review

Following a successful series of development readings staged as part of Sydney Festival 2021, Seymour Centre is proud to present the world premiere production of The Museum of Modern Love at Sydney Festival 2022.

Adapted from the Stella Prize-winning novel by Heather Rose, The Museum of Modern Love follows New York-based film composer, Arky Levin, a man struggling to live and work in the face of incredible loss.

By chance, Arky finds his way to MoMA and sees Marina Abramović in The Artist is Present—a marathon and now-legendary feat of performance art that saw Abramović sitting silent and completely still opposite thousands of museum visitors in the spring of 2010.

Arky returns to MoMA again and again, and encounters other viewers also drawn to the exhibit, each with their own reasons for spending hours in the presence of Abramović. As the performance unfolds, so does Arky, and with his life coming back into focus, he finally understands what he must do to move forward.

Set against the backdrop of one of the greatest art events in modern history, and blurring the lines between spectator and artist, this transfixing new work explores dying and living, courage and commitment—and meditates on the power of art to unite and connect us, even in an increasingly disconnected world.

A Q&A with Heather Rose, author of The Museum of Modern Love, will follow the 7:30pm show on Thu 27 Jan. Hear Heather discuss how her award-winning novel came to be.

Playwright Tom Holloway
Play based on the novel by Heather Rose
Director Tim Jones
Dramaturg and Assistant Director Erin Taylor
Designer Stephen Curtis
Lighting Designer Alexander Berlage
Composer, Video and Sound Designer David Bergman
Costume Designer Veronique Benett
Voice Coach Linda Nicholls-Gidley
Stage Manager Michelle Sverdloff
Production Manager Barry Searle
Cast Justin Amankwah, Julian Garner, Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Sophie Gregg, Glenn Hazeldine, Aileen Huynh, Tara Morice, Jennifer Rani

Read The Museum of Modern Love program and get to know the actors and creatives bringing the show to life at Seymour, plus read special messages from playwright, Tom Holloway, director, Tim Jones, and author, Heather Rose.

We are a registered COVID-Safe business and this event will have strict COVID-Safe policies in place, guided by public health advice, University of Sydney directives, and our commitment to this joint COVID-Safe statement from Sydney theatres.

Most notably, all eligible patrons on your booking will be required to show proof of double vaccination when checking in for your performance. Eligible patrons are patrons 16 years and older who do not have proof of medical exemption.

Face masks and QR code check-in upon entry will also be required. 

Please also be advised that at present, this event will be open to 100% seated capacity. Please consider your comfort levels before booking as you may be seated alongside other booking groups.

You can find out more about our safety measures here, and safety information will also be sent directly to you prior to your visit.

York Theatre

Sat 22 Jan 7:30pm
Sun 23 Jan 5pm

York Theatre

Tue 25 Jan 7:30pm
Wed 26 Jan 7:30pm
Thu 27 Jan 7:30pm (+ post-show Q&A)
Fri 28 Jan 7:30pm
Sat 29 Jan 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Sun 30 Jan 5pm

90 minutes (no interval). Partial lockout applies.

Preview $55
Full $69
Concession $59

Transaction fee applies.

This event is also available to purchase as part of a Sydney Festival multipack.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains coarse language, haze smoke and references to self-injury. Photography and filming prohibited.

The only authorised ticket seller for this event is Sydney Festival. If you purchase from an unauthorised seller, you risk that your tickets may be fake or invalid.

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