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South Australian Premiere
Christina, in middle age, is obsessed by a desire to return to the house of her youth and the imagination she created there - a kind of second Eden of lost childhood and the Pastoral Dream.
She succeeds in conjuring her young self, a hesitant and idealistic dream figure who gradually takes on the characteristics of a ‘real’ Christina - a contradictory, perverse, tragi-comic adolescent with a fierce egocentric life of her own. But the house is peopled by malignant ghosts and terrible memories.
In the end we are left with an enigma. Was there ever such a house? Was there a lover, a father, a mad uncle, a drowned child - or were they all nothing more than figments of the young Christina’s distorted imagination? Was there ever such a place as Christina’s World?
an allegory or fable about illusion and reality and the truth and lies of memory. Dorothy Hewett
Composer: Ross Edwards
Libretto: Dorothy Hewett
Director: Nicholas Cannon
Christina’s World was commissioned by the Music and Literature Boards of the Australia Council. The first performance was given in the Everest Theatre, Sydney on 24 November 1983.