Joan Didion’s The White Album

Concert or Performance

8 Jan 2020 to 12 Jan 2020

First published in 1979, Joan Didion’s searing, seminal essay The White Album is a shifting literary mosaic. It takes readers from the Black Panther Trials to a troubled recording session with The Doors, to student sit-ins and strikes, and into the events that put an end to the hazy hopes of the Summer of Love: the Manson Murders.

Obie-winning actor Mia Barron delivers Didion’s highly theatrical text in full as a parallel performance unfolds behind her. 25 young audience members collaborate on a series of actions juxtaposing the social upheaval of the 1960s with present day injustice and institutional violence.

It’s a bold, genre-bending staging of The White Album’s entire text by experimental theatre director Lars Jan, founder of performance and art lab Early Morning Opera and acclaimed large-scale installation artist.

His epic, kinetic sculptural and installation works have exhibited in Times Square and at Art Basel Miami; their inventive use of space is reflected in The White Album’s versatile, modernist stage design by P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S Architecture, echoing Didion’s Los Angeles home.

Jan expands Didion’s piercing and jaundiced observations of her world and her own mind into a brilliantly theatrical phantasmagoria of voices, attitudes, dreams and nightmares.


From AU$69.00

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Event Times

8 Jan 2020 to 12 Jan 2020

Once Only Event


Roslyn Packer Theatre

22 Hickson Road, Walsh Bay, 2000

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