Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets


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2017 Membership Ticket Prices


Type One Reserve
Adult $55
Senior $50
Concession $40
VOyage* $30

All Membership orders attract a $7.95 Membership Processing Charge per transaction.
* Special price for 30 and under.


2017 Single Ticket Prices


 Type One Reserve
Adult $65-75
Senior $60-70
Concession $50-55 
Group (8+) $45-49 
VOyage $35 
School Group $22.50-24.50 
Arts Access $30 

Please note that all ticket purchases attract a $3 Booking Fee.
* Special price for 30 and under.

15 September - 8 October
Merlyn Theatre, The Coopers Malthouse

15, 16, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28 , 29, 30 September 7:30pm
18, 19, 26 September 6:30pm
23 September 3:00pm
1, 8 October 5:00pm
3 October 6:30pm
4, 5, 6, 7 October 7:30pm
7 October 3:00pm

Duration: 1 hour 40 minutes, no interval

Recommended for ages 15+.

Warning: Contains drug references and some violent imagery.


An introduction to Black Rider

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About Black Rider: The Casting of the Magic Bullets

Tom Waits and William S. Burroughs’ cult musical fable has become one of the most iconic pieces of avant garde theatre since it premiered in 1990. Finding its roots in German folktale Der Freischütz (also the basis for Weber’s opera), the story follows a file clerk’s desperation to prove his worth by entering a Faustian pact. However, the Devil’s bargain is always a fool’s bargain. An allegory of addiction, the plot mirrors the tragic events of Burroughs’ own life.

A co-production between Victorian Opera and Malthouse Theatre, Black Rider stars an enviable line-up of Australia’s most cherished ‘enfants terribles’ Paul Capsis (The Threepenny Opera) alongside Meow Meow and Kanen Breen, who bookend our 2017 Season following ’Tis Pity in February. Matthew Lutton takes the helm as director with musical direction from Victorian Opera’s Head of Music, Phoebe Briggs.

Production Information

MUSIC & LYRICS / Tom Waits
TEXT / William S. Burroughs
DRAMATURGY / Wolfgang Wiens

©2005 St. Rose Music Publishing Co., Inc. Used by Permission. 

Creative Team

Musical Direction Phoebe Briggs
Director Matthew Lutton
Set & Costume Design Zoë Atkinson
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Musical Supervisor Iain Grandage
Soundscape Design Jethro Woodward
Sound Design Jim Atkins 


Kanen Breen (Wilhelm)
Meow Meow (Pegleg)
Dimity Shepherd (Katchen)
Jacqui Dark (Anne)
Richard Piper (Bertram)
Paul Capsis (Ensemble)
Le Gataeu Chocolat (Duke / Old Uncle)

Wilhelm Kanen Breen
Pegleg Meow Meow 
Käthchen Dimity Shepherd 
Anne Jacqui Dark 
Bertram Richard Piper
Ensemble Paul Capsis 
Duke/Old Uncle Le Gateau Chocolat 
Robert Winston Hillyer


Victorian Opera Chamber Orchestra

Audio Described Performances & Tactile Tours
22 September, 7:30pm (Tactile Tour at 6:40pm)
23 September, 3:00pm (Tactile Tour at 2:10pm)

Patrons’ Behind the Scenes
 5 September

Patrons’ Pre-Show Drinks 19 September