Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Dramatic Productions presents
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

6 Oct 2017 to 21 Oct 2017

After fifteen years in exile for a crime he didn’t commit, Sweeney Todd returns to London with the help of a young sailor, Anthony. He soon discovers that his wife is dead and his daughter, Johanna, is in the hands of the evil Judge Turpin. With the help of Mrs Lovett, Todd opens a barber shop above her unsuccessful meat pie store with the hope of luring in the Judge for his murderous revenge. Todd’s lust for vengeance becomes so powerful that he turns his razor against the unsuspecting public of London – but then there is the problem of how to dispose of the bodies. Even though times are hard, Mrs Lovett’s meat pies become a raging success thanks to the help of a special new ingredient… Everything is looking up for the pair; all Todd needs to do now is to convince the Judge to sit in his chair.

(US) - Understudy Performance

(BT) Black Tie Gala

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160 minutes (including intermission)
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Creatives Actor Richard Block

Richard arrived on the Canberra theatre scene late in life, somewhere between his 31st and 32nd birthdays. His first show was in Phoenix Players production of Kiss Me Kate in 2006, where he "Fell in love with theatre" and since then he has appeared in dozens of shows ranging from plays to musicals to pantomimes.

In 2010 Richard began his foray into producing shows as the Production Manager for Phoenix Players Disney's double bill - Cinderella and The Aristocats. He found managing two casts of about 50 children set him up to handle adult casts like "no other text book training could ever have". In 2012 he got his first chance direct with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as part of the Phoenix Players - Phoenix Rising Program.

In 2013 he performed leading roles in Ickle Pickle's production of Oliver! playing the "suitably sinister" Bill Sikes, as Frank Butler in Queanbeyan Player's Annie Get Your Gun and as understudy for the role of Javert in Canberra Philharmonic Society's Les Miserable.

In 2013 Richard launched the StageCenta website as a resource and information hub for the theatre scene.

In 2014 Richard established Dramatic Productions to co-produce The Rokitelly Man with Ickle Pickle Productions. And then in 2015 directed and produced The Last Five Years and teaming up with the ANU School of Music Into the Woods which won 3 Canberra Area Theatre awards. In 2016 Richard directed Dramatic Productions 4th show Catch Me If You Can.

2017 saw the last production directed by Richard, Sweeney Todd. Afterwards he would exclusively produce theatre, staging Heathers the Musical in 2018 and then The Producers in 2019, starring Daryl Somers (Hey Hey Its Saturday) and directed by Rachael Beck.

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Cast Hayden Crossweller Hayden Crossweller

Hayden is a seasoned performer in Canberra; this being his 11th show (performing) in the last three years. This show is special to Hayden as this is his first official role on the production team for a musical. This is an opportunity Hayden has not taken for granted, having spent hours upon hours in research, meditation as well as private and group character development.

Hayden has been fortunate enough to have some incredible teachers and mentors throughout this entire process which he would like to thank as they have been his endless supply of skills, inspiration and motivation. These teachers persistently reminded him to reflect, connect and enjoy the experience and creativity of every moment, for this is (to Hayden’s understanding) when the beauty and Truth of a narrative comes to life within each person; be it audience or the cast.

A lot of Hayden’s inspiration comes from dreaming; often waking up in the middle of the night with a picture, image, word or thought in mind that inspires his guidance and direction. Hayden works by seeing the potential in the cast and finding ways to open as many doors as possible for his cast to explore their limitless potentiality.

Hayden has great admiration for the philosophical world that drives the theatrical manifestations we see today, be it classics, or new works of theatre, books, tv, radio, movies and much more! We have so much to learn from art and our connections with worlds beyond our own day-to-day life. They are our modern day teachers of body, mind and soul. Hayden hopes you enjoy the energy and love this cast has put in to creating anew the narrative and Truth of Sweeney Todd as we have all understood it individually and together

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