Suitcase - The Music and Lyrics of Sean Peter

This is one of the most exciting musical productions in a very exciting festival. To see Sydney composer/performer Sean Peter lead four diverse young Adelaide performers through a revue of his musical theatre works is a celebration of the past, the present and the future of musical theatre. Peter's shows, such as SCAM, The Pink Files, Dutch Courage and the developing Everything's F***ed, have constantly pushed back and reshaped the boundaries of musical theatre.” Matt Byrne – Sunday Mail

After a short but intense rehearsal period, Suitcase: The Music and Lyrics of Sean Peter premiered at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to rave reviews, and full houses. Abi Tucker, Rodger Corser, Johanna Allen, and Ross Burford performed a selection of Sean’s music – accompanied by him on the piano.

The cast and crew then, with the help of last minute genius Andre Eikmeier, travelled to Melbourne to present Suitcase as part of Robyn Archer's Melbourne International Arts Festival, again to rave reviews and strong audience response.

Starting with Sean’s first ever song Listen – written at age eleven – and performed in it’s original key – the audience were taken on a journey through Sean’s music. Highlights were many – but Johanna Allen’s Nan, Abi Tucker’s touching Paulie Calls Home, Rodger Corser’s Adam’s Call and Ross Burford’s Final Bow all combining to make a memorable night of cabaret / music theatre. The ensemble work was great as well with Fags can’t Fight providing some of the frequent laughs throughout the evening.

Sean writes

I was thrilled to work again with Joh, Abi and Rodger, and found Ross to be a complete joy in performance and rehearsal. We all had some time with the songs before we came together, but it is a complete credit to the cast, as well as director Geoff Crowhurst, choreographer Velalien and production manager Gus MacDonald, that we were able to get the show up – with dancing - in only two days!

I feel so humbled that such a stellar cast would put the level of trust they did into the material – and pull off such fantastic performances. I had such a ball – and in spite of the hard work by everybody – we all had fun and that was evident on stage as well.

At the conclusion of the performances we were all touched by the many members of the audience who spoke with us and told us they’d enjoyed the show. I guess we all felt great about what we did – and it felt so good to share it with such great audiences.

The reviews were unanimous in their praise.

Why the short season? This has to be one of the best shows in the Cabaret Festival. Maybe the best.” – Samela Harris - The Adelaide Advertiser

The accolades continued with also being named by Peter Goers as one of the two best shows of the Cabaret Festival. Sean adds - “After the concentrated period of hard work to bring Suitcase to the stage … I think we were all happy to have had such a great and fun time working together, and have the show so well received.”


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