Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Cog, pastel on paper, A2

An illustration that celebrates the operatic adaptation of The Rabbits, originally staged in Perth and now coming to Melbourne, courtesy of Barking Gecko Theatre and Opera Australia. For more about it, visit the Melbourne Festival website here, (though it looks sold out!). I've not seen the entire show myself, having not been directly involved in the creative process, but the few bits and pieces I've spotted are fascinating and highly original. It's certainly a tale that continues to evolve into new forms, from the original 16-line verse penned by John Marsden about 20 years ago. And, of course, traceable back to 1770, in a world not much stranger than the one depicted above.

The Sydney Morning Herald commisioned this editorial illustration and liked so much they decided to create a limited edition print out of it. If you're interested, you can check it out here.

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