Womaniser, sex hound, hero, Tasmanian and Robin Hood are just some of the many titles bestowed upon the legendary Hollywood icon, Errol Flynn. Long before Shia Lebouf and Hugh Jackman, Errol Flynn was the man. Women swooned over him, men desperately wanted to be him and above all else scandal was never far behind.
This new musical crash lands in Cuba, 1958. In a country on the brink of yet another revolution, Errol Flynn is lured into one final adventure.
Longing to be a genuine hero, Flynn gets himself involved with a young Fidel Castro, the charismatic revolutionary who seems to be the genuine article. What each man has the other wants and, as revolution rages around them, the stage is set for an explosive encounter.
An unimaginable encounter of two iconic figures, yet based on true events, Errol and Fidel takes the mythology of Flynn and Castro, adds a dash of Hollywood adventure, romance and a sword fight for good measure, and we have the beginning of a new Australian musical.
Based on a novel by Boyd Anderson, this new musical is in development with directors Nathan Gilkes and Bryce Ives. Written by Boyd Anderson and composed by Peter and John Kaldor.
On Thursday August 6, the Present Tense Ensemble will present a public reading of the work at the Memo Music Hall in St.Kilda A rehearsed reading is a unique tryout of the script and songs. theatre, through a commitment to intensive investigation and a willingness to create space for feedback.
For this reading, we’ve assembled a wonderful team of performers including Michael Cormick, Adam Lyons, Ray Chong Nee, Lachy Woods and Laura Burzacott. Mark Leahy (of The Twoks) will play percussion and Nate Gilkes will music direct from the piano.
Present Tense is committed to rigorously developing new musical theatre, through a commitment to intensive investigation and a willingness to create space for feedback.