Constellations, a love story by hot young British playwright Nick Payne, is set to hit the Brisbane stage with a Big Bang.
Imagine that we all live in a world that is part of a multiverse, in which at any given moment, several different outcomes can exist simultaneously.
Constellations is the story of Roland, an easy-going chap who makes his living as a beekeeper, and Marianne, a warm, intelligent and witty woman who works at Sussex University as a quantum physicist. The odds of them getting together are astronomical — but then their worlds collide, and they just keep on colliding.
All the possibilities of their life together — the good, the bad and the just plain ugly — flicker across the stage in a series of intricately structured snapshots, from their first date to their final farewell.
Nick Payne was inspired to write Constellations when he noticed that lovers often say ‘fate’ brought them together, but they never credit fate for anything else about their relationship after that. In his play, every moment Roland and Marianne share is at the mercy of an infinite and unknowable universe.
Constellations has played to packed houses and rave reviews in New York and London, and now Queensland Theatre is invigorating this international hit with an imaginative new production.
Helpmann nominee Lucas Stibbard (boy girl wall) and Logie nominee Jessica Tovey (Home and Away) will play star-crossed lovers Roland and Marianne, joined by a team of Queensland’s best young talent, let by contemporary theatre director and performance artist Kat Henry.
Through a partnership with World Science Festival, Queensland Theatre will host an onstage conversation between playwright Nick Payne and World Science Festival co-founder and physicist Brian Greene.
Following the performances on Friday 24 March and Saturday 25 March, these two great minds will delve into our understanding of the multiverse, the mysteries that remain, and why this multiversal theory captivated Payne’s imagination and inspired this theatrical tour de force.
As well as a season in Brisbane, Constellations will continue Queensland Theatre’s commitment to the state, engaging with audiences in 10 centres outside Brisbane.
Constellations will play the following dates on its Australian tour:
9 March – 9 April — Bille Brown Studio, Queensland Theatre
20-21 April – Arts Centre Gold Coast, Bundall
26 April – Riverway Arts Centre, Townsville
29 April – Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton
3 May – Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
6 May – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns
9 May – Gladstone Entertainment Centre
12 May – Moncrieff Theatre, Bundaberg
16 May – Ipswich Civic Centre
18 May – Empire Theatre, Toowoomba
23 May – The Events Centre, Caloundra
For more information and tickets, visit www.queenslandtheatre.com.au.