FOR THE LOVE OF ALMA MAHLER


 Sandra Eldridge & Patrick Dickson

Sandra Eldridge & Patrick Dickson

 Patrick Dickson

Patrick Dickson

FOR THE LOVE OF ALMA MAHLER

A play about composer Gustav Mahler and his wife Alma. Alma’s name has been linked romantically with many famous men both during and after her marriage to Mahler, among them Gustav Klimt and architect Walter Gropius –of the Bauhaus. Alma reluctantly came to realise that a musical career of her own would not be possible and threw herself into the role of muse. She believed her devotion to her husband’s music was a commitment to history.

Musical Director Ross Edwards arranged the Mahler music and composed piano music based on the early compositions of Alma Mahler. Well known as an Australian composer Edwards' oboe concerto was performed in New York in February 2005 with the New York Philharmonic at the Lincoln Centre.

CAST  4 men • 4 women • 1 diva • 8 musicians
SETTING  1890s–1911 • Vienna

This production has amazing grace, its a love story and because of Alma, Mahler’s music did go on and on…
— SYDNEY LIVE
Wendy Beckett, writer–director of the play MAHLER is: a playwrights’ director and a director’s playwright
— THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
 Patrick Dickson & Sandra Eldridge

Patrick Dickson & Sandra Eldridge

Wendy Beckett’s Mahler played by Patrick Dickson is intelligent and eminently watchable; it provides a believable rendering of Mahler’s tortured creativity…She gives us a deep and memorable focus on Alma Mahler’s life, as well as… a segue between decaying classical romanticism and early orchestral modernism
— SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
 Patrick Dickson & Musicians

Patrick Dickson & Musicians

 
 KIm Vercoe & Sandra Eldridge

KIm Vercoe & Sandra Eldridge

 Sandra Eldridge & Patrick Dickson

Sandra Eldridge & Patrick Dickson