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Directed by
Kate Gaul

Adapted by
Sarah Ruhl

From the novel by
Virginia Woolf

30 Oct – 05 Nov 2020
80 minutes, 1 act, no interval

About the show

Orlando is a swashbuckling nobleman, favourite of Queen Elizabeth and lover of Russian Princess Sasha. Halfway through his adventurous lifetime, Orlando awakens as a woman. And over 500 years of life, Orlando ages only 36 years.  

Orlando abandons herself to five centuries of change with an insatiable appetite to discover what it means to live fully in the present, in her own skin and in her own time.

Orlando is a dream-like adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s famous tale – a magical and poetic dance between gender, time and space.  

Distinctive and inventive theatre and opera director, and NIDA alumna Kate Gaul, covers five centuries in 90 minutes with six actors on stage. This new production comes alive with


In order of appearance

Michaela Ellis

Chorus/Favilla/Sasha/Penelope/Maid 2/Grimsditch /Elevator Man 
Alana Louis

Chorus/Queen/Sailor/Othello/Captain/Maid X/Priest/Salesperson
Alan Zhu

Chorus/Clorinda/Euphrosyne/ Desdemona/Archduchess/Maid 2/Marmaduke 
Brandon Scane

Creative Team

Kate Gaul*

Assistant Directors 
Sophie Benassi
Zoe Hollyoak

Set/Props Designer 
Olivia Rowlands*

Costume Designer 
Monique Langford

Sound Designer 
Daniel Herten

Lighting Designer 
Thomas Bensley

Sound Systems Designer 
Kaitlyn Crocker

Voice coach 
Jennifer White*

Production Team

Props Supervisor
Alex Allanson

Costume Supervisor 
Alloquis Callaway

Set/Construction Supervisor 
Florian Simonin**

Head Electrician 
Nathan Sandy

Props Assistant 
Madison Williams

Costume Assistants 
Oliver Hall
Tamsin Balogh-Caristo

Design Assistants
Meg Anderson
Jade McElroy

Technical Assistants 
McLane Catterall
Scott Cleggett
Zoe Davis
Jessie McGuigan
Pip Morey
Jess Pizzinga
Bella Thompson

Production Stage Manager
Fiona Lloyd Harding

Deputy Stage Manage
Sybilla Wajon

Assistant Stage Manage
Jordan Jeckells

MFA Voice support 
Eleanor Stankiewicz

* Guest
** Staff
*** Diploma of Stage and Screen Performance