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The Sound of a Finished Kiss is a new Australian musical featuring the songs of The Go-Betweens.

An exciting collaboration between acclaimed Brisbane theatre and music companies Now Look Here and Electric Moon, this original work celebrates the internationally renowned songwriting talent of Robert Forster and Grant McLennan.

When an old mixed tape is unearthed, four friends rewind to Brisbane in the 1990s. Through a series of monologues interwoven with the songs they loved, they relive the events which shattered friendships and scattered friends to the four corners of the world. Inspired by The Go-Betweens’ haunting evocation of place and past, this is a story of love, loss, betrayal and epic share-house parties.

Brought to life by four of Brisbane’s leading artists – Sandro Colarelli (Twelfth Night, The Lady Of The House Of Love), Kat Henry (Deliverance, Woyzeck), Lucinda Shaw (Transformer, Silver Sircus) and Lucas Stibbard (Constellations, Boy Girl Wall), this meditation on music and memory blends elements from cabaret, theatre and pub gig, bringing new perspectives to well-known
and much-loved material.

Writer and director Kate Wild describes how, when working overseas, the The Go-Betweens’ music provided a vital link to home. “They were Brisbane. It wasn’t just the references to cane fields and mangroves – it was that self-deprecating ironic tang that comes from living in the third-biggest city in Australia. The Go-Betweens knew all about that.” When Wild returned

to Brisbane, she started to think about how the songs she loved could be used as the basis of a theatre work. “I think everyone makes up plays in their heads when they listen to The Go-Betweens. The songs are bursting with characters, situations and beautifully-observed details that hint at the untold stories beneath.”

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Sandro Colarelli

Kat Henry Lucinda Shaw Lucas Stibbard

Musical director James Lees (Electric Moon) has also relished the opportunity to bring together the music of The Go-Betweens with Kate’s original story.

“Having produced several big music based performances over the last few years exploring the work of amazing artists like David Bowie, Lou Reed and Kate Bush, it was a total no-brainer to take on the music of The Go-Betweens. I’ve been a huge fan of the band since buying their album Liberty Belle & The Black Diamond Express as a teenager in the 80’s. The show is such a great opportunity to bring what I do with music performance together with a dramatic play, and I love Kate’s story and script. I’m excited to bring some of my long-term collaborators together with brand new musicians and singers too.”

An evocation of Brisbane’s unique subculture in the final decades of the twentieth century, The Sound Of A Finished Kiss comes to the Visy Theatre, Brisbane powerhouse for a world premiere season in June 2018.

Cast Sandro Colarelli, Kat Henry, Lucinda Shaw, Lucas Stibbard Writer/Director Kate Wild
Musical Director James Lees
Designer Sarah Winter

Lighting Designer Christine Felmingham
Dramaturg Kathryn Kelly
Choreographer neridah Waters
Sound Consultant Matthew Erskine
Musicians Ruth Gardner, Richard Grantham, Brett Harris, James Lees and Karl o’Shea


The Sound of a Finished Kiss is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland and also by the Creative Sparks Fund, a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.

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