A new musical by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank
Based on the legendary coming-of-age novel by Miles Franklin, the musical adaptation of My Brilliant Career takes us into the world of fiery misfit Sybylla as she wrestles against the restricted life on offer for a young woman in rural Australia a hundred years ago.
We follow wannabe-writer Syb from her drought-struck farm to the paradise of her grandmother’s estate, where she grows into her looks and her mind, fighting and flirting with the local aristocrats. An offer of marriage forces the ultimate choice; will she become just another wife or risk it all in hopes of a ‘brilliant career’?
The production forms part of the Jeanne Pratt Musical Theatre Artists in Residence program, a groundbreaking collaboration between Monash University performing arts students and professional artists that aims to create and promote the development of Australian musical theatre. Written by Dean Bryant and Mathew Frank, who won Green Room awards for their musicals Prodigal and Once We Lived Here, the score promises a mix of period Victoriana and contemporary pop, bringing to vivid life one of Australia’s most loved feminist characters.