Seymour Centre in association with Sydney Festival presents

The Museum of Modern Love

World Premiere

22 - 30 Jan 2022

"[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.

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.

As part of The Museum of Modern Love, 10 people per performance will have the opportunity to sit on stage and be part of the action. All on-stage ticket holders will need to meet backstage before the show for a briefing and ticket holders will need to stay on stage for the duration of the performance. Further details below.

10 people per performance will have the opportunity to sit on stage and be part of the action. These ticket holders will be required to:

  • Meet backstage before the performance for a briefing
  • Stay on stage for the duration of the performance
  • Be fully vaccinated and happy to be on stage without a face mask

Further details will be sent to these ticket holders closer to the performance.

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
Video and Sound Designer David Bergman
Costume Designer Veronique Benett
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

We are a registered COVID-Safe business and this event will have strict COVID-Safe policies in place, guided by the public health advice and any University of Sydney directives in force at the time. You can find out about our current safety measures here. We will do all we can to ensure your visit is as safe and enjoyable as possible. 

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 2:30pm, 7:30pm (+ Q&A after 7:30pm show)
Fri 28 Jan 7:30pm
Sat 29 Jan 2:30pm, 7:30pm
Sun 30 Jan 5pm

110 minutes (no interval). Duration is subject to change. Partial lockout applies.

On-stage seating $25*
Preview $55
Full $69
Concession $59

Transaction fee applies.

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

*On-stage tickets are $25 for all performances, including previews.

Recommended for ages 15+. Contains coarse language, brief nude imagery and haze smoke. 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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