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The Love of the Nightingale - Timberlake Wertenbaker - ARC Acting Studio
phospheresence, phosphoresence, tell me the secrets of the wine dark sea


The Love of the Nightingale - Timberlake Wertenbaker - ARC Acting Studio

Presented in association with:

Magda Productions

Magda Community Artz



The Love of the Nightingale


Jack Dakin

Sarah Pember

Sho Eba

Maria Tobin

Logan Faull

Elizabeth Wherrett

Fiona Marsden

Jackie Wiley

Director / Designer

Michael Beh

Lighting Designer

Bethany Scott





$29 Adult
$25 Conc / MEAA / ARC / Under 35

Friday 3 April 7.30 pm

Ron Hurley Theatre
28 Tallowwood St, Seven Hills

80 mins (No Interval)

Age guidance - 15+

Saturday 4 April 3.00 pm
+ Post Show Discussion

Saturday 4 April 7.30 pm

Sunday 5 April 3.00 pm

a superb, powerful and timely play
DC Metro
Bracing, complex and tough
The Reviews Hub

The ARC STUDIO’S Professional Training Ensemble brings 21st century eyes to Timberlake Wertenbaker’s epic revenge tragedy, THE LOVE OF THE NIGHTINGALE. Based on Ovid’s classic tale of lust and transformation, this is a timely revival filled with gut wrenching physicality and emotion.

For four performances only, eight amazingly talented emerging actors bring this highly theatricalised, contemporary, feminist reading of Ovid’s terrible tale of sisters, Procne and Philomele and their powerful revenge.

To speak is to be! This powerful, necessary story about the loss of voice and its reclamation flies in the face of domestic violence, chauvinism, objectification and gender prejudice. In our 21st century mission to re-balance the gross gender injustices of the millennium, Wertenbaker's play screams into our world of human right’s violation.

Originally commissioned by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1988, its themes of male privilege, our pervading struggles with rape and rape culture and issues of consent and possession, seem more pertinent now than ever, echoing the epoch old cries of those other Greek heroines, Medea, Pheadre, Electra and Antigone.


Post-Show discussion – Saturday 3 April, 3.00 pm matinee

On Saturday 3 April, after the 3 pm matinee, there will be a Post-Show Panel discussion with the director Michael Beh and members of the ARC Performance Training Ensemble. If you would like to find out more about the performance or The ARC STUDIO, do join us. This event is free for all who attend the performance that afternoon.

a devastating attack on both your heart and conscience


The ARC Acting Studio is a dynamic Brisbane acting studio in its third year of operation. The ARC Acting Studio runs a number of acting programs for experienced and emerging actors (18+) suitable for stage, screen and new media. From our Professional Training Ensemble, our Masters Ensemble and Monday night Studio Laboratory we also run programs on the Sunshine Coast and Bespoke One on One Workshops for audition preparation, personal growth etc. Our second term of workshops for the year commence in late April/early May. More information at