“Only two more sleeps to go…. ” A Message from Peta Williams


February 27, 2014 by wandalusst


Composer Peta Williams in rehearsal with Rosie Bray, who plays The Child.

It’s Thursday night in Springwood, in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.  I am home from my ‘day job’ and am now pretending I am a composer.  I have just had a ‘phone meeting’ with TTFO’s musical director, Jo Trevathan, which are always terrific, and I am now pondering (a) what to have for dinner and (b) what to pack for Melbourne.  What will the weather be like?  What should I wear to the premiere performance of Things That Fall Over?

How I am feeling?  Both excited and nervous.  My collaboration on this work with the playwright, co-director and producer, Peta Murray, is almost three years old now, and now we are two sleeps away from seeing our work come to life in this public performance at the Footscray Community Arts Centre.  It’s a little hard for me to grasp.  I am really proud that our performance forms part of the Centre’s celebrations leading up to International Women’s Day.  I am really excited to hear my music come alive.  To hear Peta Murray’s extraordinary text come alive.

What I am feeling, most, however, is what an honour it is to be working with such an amazing group of women.  The members of the Quire, the singer-actors, the instrumentalists, the co-directors, designers, production people – everyone who has been on the TTFO journey for such a long time.  Or short time, in some cases.  Peta Murray and I discussed just recently how touched we are by the support, care and commitment that all of the women and girls associated with us are giving to this show, and from everyone else who is supporting TTFO; that there is a whole lot of love in this show.  It is humbling for me to be part of it.

So, to Peta Murray and all our TTFO and Swansong cohorts, I wish you all well, for a fabulous performance on Saturday night. Enjoy, embrace and have fun!  Power to your elbow!  Beetroot to yourself!  I will be there with bells on.  And I wouldn’t have missed this journey for quids.

Peta Williams (composer)

Thursday 27 February 2014

2 thoughts on ““Only two more sleeps to go…. ” A Message from Peta Williams

  1. veepas says:

    Hello Peta!

    The music from this production has become part of my life over the past few years and it still brings me joy. Saturday is going to be fabulous, so a safe journey to you and we’ll see you very soon.


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TTFO, Things That Fall Over, concerning the creative development of an (anti-) musical of a novel inside a reading of a play, with footnotes, and oratorio-as-coda.

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