Centre stage is the twentieth century Australian writer Robert whose life changing diagnosis triggers an odyssey of body and mind ? a yearning for answers to unanswerable questions. He lands in Venice, where every night he writes a letter to the lover he has left behind. We cross three time zones and meet an exotic mosaic of characters. Barriers of time and space dissolve in a truly magical tale. Robert shares the stage with his friends and fellow travellers: a 16th century Venetian courtesan and her patrons and a 19th century Russian Baroness and her entourage. When, like Peer Gynt before him, Robert finally turns for home leaving the decaying splendour of Europe for a bush block in Australia, we are uplifted, embraced and transformed. (3 acts, 5 male, 5 female).
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