The Divorce

4 x half hour series; 2 x one hour series; feature length version (90 mins)

An original, contemporary, comedic opera, The Divorce stars a stellar line-up of Australian performers from stage and screen including; Lisa McCune, Marina Prior, Hugh Sheridan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Melissa Madden Gray, Matthew McFarlane and John O’May, and features a libretto by multi-award winning playwright Joanna Murray-Smith and internationally acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin.

After a long and satisfying marriage, glamorous and wealthy couple Iris (Marina Prior) and Jed (John O’May) are happily getting divorced and are throwing an extravagant party at their country estate to celebrate.  It’s a sign that Iris and Jed proudly do things their own way – even falling out of love.  But secrets are revealed over the course of the evening and, by the end of the night, Iris and Jed’s divorce has triggered a renegotiation of all certainties amongst those closest to them and all of the characters are set on an unanticipated course.

Written specifically for the screen and fusing cinematic language with operatic conventions, this lavish musical extravaganza playfully explores the universal themes of love, passion, regret, greed and longing – a “soap opera” with the flavour of a modern Mozart.