Three Furies

Stephen Sewell & Jim Sharman


Three Furies is a bold and visceral cabaret of the celebrated and controversial life of Francis Bacon, written by one of Australia's most provocative dramatists.

This visionary portrait has been enthusiastically acclaimed for its startling insight and inventiveness. The 2005 Sydney Festival premiere season was awarded a Helpmann Award for Best Direction, and Sydney Theatre Awards for Best Mainstage Production, Best New Australian Work and Best Score or Sound Design.

Sewell’s remarkable portrait of Bacon and his stormy relationship with his muse, petty criminal George Dyer, is an audacious tragicomedy. Taking Bacon's own inspirations as its cue, Sewell's interwoven tragicomedy fuses Greek tragedy, in the form of the three Furies, with the heady cabaret of Weimar Germany.

Angry, mad, sordid, sensual, brutal, poetic and sublime, Sewell and director Jim Sharman's Three Furies gives voice to Bacon's silent scream. Three Furies is a portrait every bit as surprising, revealing and illuminating as a Bacon painting.

Actor Simon Burke
Actor Paul Capsis
Actor Socratis Otto
Composer Basil Hogios
Costume Designer Alice Lau
Director Jim Sharman
Lighting Designer Damien Cooper
Playwright Stephen Sewell
Set Designer Brian Thomson

Produced by Performing Lines

Photo | Steven Siewert