Written by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill, the deeply unconventional musical The Theory of Relativity explores the interconnected lives via a seemingly unrelated suite of songs, scenes and monologues.
In it, we meet characters experiencing joy and heartbreak, liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.
The production is the first for 2021 from Whimsical Productions, a young Sydney-based company with a diversity-first mindset regarding casting and content.
The Theory of Relativity is co-directed by Helen Kim.
“Growing up, my mum and I would catch iconic shows in Sydney like The Lion King and Wicked but I never imagined that I could also be on stage,” she says.
“Firstly, I wasn’t a ‘triple threat’ – I was only comfortable singing in the Karaoke room – and secondly, I hadn’t seen an Asian-Australian on a musical stage.”
Fast-forwarding a decade, Kim met Melody Duan, the founder of Whimsical Productions. They clicked and Kim was offered the chance to take on the co-director role for The Theory of Relativity.
“When I read the script, I fell in love with it immediately,” Kim says. “I’m thrilled yet nervous for my first time directing a musical. But, I’m mostly excited about this new adventure and the chance to promote diversity in the arts industry.”
The Theory of Relativity is a coming-of-age story about a group of university students searching for answers on the nature of love, life and loss. It celebrates the students’ very own voices – very #nofilter. Think Glee meets The Book of Mormon with The Big Bang Theory references and a dash of Chicago and Mean Girls.
Staged at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, this will be a stripped-back musical theatre experience, a black box production that keeps the entire cast on stage for the duration.
“Our hope is that this intimate setting will draw attention to the singing and acting abilities of the cast,” explains Kim.
The Theory of Relativity plays at PACT Centre for Emerging Artists, Erskineville, March 18-27.