The Habit of Art
The Habit of Art
Old Mill Theatre
Old Mill Theatre
15 Apr 2016 to 30 Apr 2016
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Tickets - Tickets are $25, $20 concession book at or on 9367 8719.
Duration - 120 mins
Not suitable for children

AN IMAGINED meeting between English composer Benjamin Britten and poet WH Auden form the basis of the Old Mill Theatre’s latest play.

Written by Alan Bennett, one of the UK’s most prolific living playwrights, The Habit of Art sees the two men meet for the first time in 25 years with Britten seeking advice from Auden – his former collaborator and friend – about his new opera Death in Venice.

During the 1973 meeting, they are observed and interrupted by, among others, their future biographer and a young man from the local bus station.

The play-within-a-play looks at the unsettling desires of two difficult men and the ethics of biography, reflecting on growing old, creativity and inspiration and persisting when all passion is spent – the habit of art.

Director Anthony Howes described The Habit of Art as one of the finest comedy-dramas of the past decade. 

“It takes two great men of the arts and, through much laughter and a few tears, shows them to be fallible human beings w ...more
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