Date(s) - 28 Aug 2021
2:00 PM - 2:00 PM
The Sumner, Melbourne
Open Captioned Performance
Following the wild success of Calamity Jane, Virginia Gay ups the ante with a gender-flipped, music-filled take on Cyrano de Bergerac packed with joy, wit and aching romance. Freely adapting Edmond Rostand’s literary classic, Gay gives us a delightfully self-aware theatrical rom-com for our times.
Cyrano is the most interesting person in any room – a wordsmith, a charmer, a ruthless fighter. She works twice as hard and runs twice as fast as any of the pretty boys, because she’s deeply ashamed of something about herself. She’s fallen hard for Roxanne, the brilliant, beautiful new girl in town with a penchant for poetry and a way with words. Just like Cyrano. But Roxanne’s only got eyes for Yan: hot, manly Yan; all-brawn-and-no brains Yan, who’s dumbstruck around Roxanne – probably shy, right? Until suddenly he starts saying the most amazing things. But it’s not Yan writing these perfect love scenes, it’s Cyrano …
With director Sarah Goodes (Home, I’m Darling) at the helm and Virginia Gay (Vivid White, The Beast) in the title role, this is the Cyrano that 2021 deserves: a thoroughly modern love letter to language and desire; to the magic of the theatre; to overcoming shame, loneliness and isolation; and to the hot mess that is the human heart. It’s a bold and playful romp, filled with songs, longing and radical hope.