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Sydney Festival | World Premiere

Brett & Wendy
A Love Story Bound By Art


Lennox Theatre


18 January - 27 January 2019

Event Type

Live Event

Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image
in association with Riverside Theatres and Sydney Festival



Take a deep dive into the extraordinary, turbulent artistic partnership of Brett and Wendy Whiteley.

Together since they were teenagers, Brett and Wendy made an indelible impression on a burgeoning Australian contemporary art scene. They blazed a trail from Sydney in the late 1950s, to London in the swinging 60s, to New York City in the tumultuous Vietnam War years.

Eventually, they settled at Lavender Bay, where Brett captured Sydney Harbour in his signature ultramarine blue. But there were dark times ahead – restless years of separation and addiction that ended with Wendy alone, building and tending her magnificent “Secret Garden”.

Kim Carpenter (The Book of EverythingLulie the IcebergMonkey … Journey to the West) directs and designs, and Lucas Jervies (The Australian Ballet, Sydney Dance Company) choreographs a visually ravishing production that conjures the joys, passions and struggles of Brett and Wendy’s relationship.

Kim Carpenter’s Theatre of Image holds a special and unique place in the Australian theatrical landscape” – Sydney Morning Herald

For flair and sheer visual pleasure, the company is streets ahead of anyone else” – Sun-Herald

Dates & Times

Friday 18 January at 7:30pm
Saturday 19 January at 2pm


Saturday 19 January at 7:30pm

Sunday 20 January at 2pm and 6pm
Tuesday 22 January at 7:30pm
Wednesday 23 January at 11am and 7:30pm
Thursday 24 January at 7:30pm
Friday 25 January at 7:30pm
Saturday 26 January at 4pm
Sunday 27 January at 2pm and 6pm


at Novotel Sydney Parramatta
(across the road from Riverside)
Wednesday 23 January at 12:30pm following the matinee at 11am

Enjoy a 3 course meal with the creator of the show Kim Carpenter and Wendy Whiteley. Enjoy a chat over lunch with these two fascinating people and other members of the audience. Strictly limited capacity so book early.
Only available for Riverside Members and Art Gallery of NSW Members
$75 per person in addition to your theatre ticket.

Join the creative team behind the show to find out more about the research, the creation and staging of the show. Creator Kim Carpenter and Wendy Whiteley will be in attendance. Includes the opportunity to ask your own questions.
Sunday January 20 at 4pm
FREE EVENT | Bookings essential

Paul Gleeson (Home And Away, Rake) as Brett Whiteley
Leeanna Walsman (Star Wars, Wentworth) as Wendy Whiteley
Jeanette Cronin (Letters to Lindy) as Brett’s sister Frannie
Tony Llewellyn-Jones (Opera Australia’s My Fair Lady) as Lloyd Rees
Plus Olivia Brown, Yasmin Polley and dancers Robbie Curtis, Dean Elliott, Naomi Hibberd.

Created, Written, Directed and Designed by Kim Carpenter (Monkey…Journey to the West)
Choreographed by Lucas Jervies (The Australian Ballet’s Spartacus)
Music score by Peter Kennard (Monkey…Journey to the West)
Costume Design by Genevieve Graham
Digital Video by Fabian Astore
Lighting Design by Sian James-Holland

Available Dates

January 2019
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Show dates


75 minutes (no interval)
Late comers will be admitted only during a suitable break in performance

Getting Here

Riverside Membership

30 Club

Dining at Novotel

Local Dining

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