by Louis Nowra

King’s Head Theatre, London, March 2016

Young theatre director Lewis is staging a production of Mozart’s comic opera Così fan tutte. The catch? The cast are patients from a mental institution, none of whom can speak Italian… or sing. Can this unlikely cohort, including an obsessive-compulsive, a manic depressive and a junkie, pull it off? Or will a patient with a penchant for pyromania spoil all the fun?

As Vietnam War protests rage outside and Lewis confronts the enormity of his task, he begins to realise the frightening and attractive power of madness, politics, theatre and love.

This production played as part of a double-bill with a production of Mozart’s opera: a world first.


Mark Little – Roy
Susie Lindeman – Ruth
Paul-William Mawhinney – Lewis
Neil Toon Nick/Doug
Juliet Prew – Cherry
Laura Garnier – Julie/Lucy
Nicholas Osmond –
Christopher Finn –



Playwright – Louis Nowra
Director – Wayne Harrison

Lighting Design – Nic Farman
Set and Costume Design – Faye Bradley

Read The Live TheatreUK review HERE

“Harrison’s Cosi is a sheer delight. It makes the case for Australian writing to be better represented on London stages as well as showcasing the abilities of a group of skilful actors who should be employed more regularly on London stages. And it does that while being truly hilarious and achingly honest.” – LiveTheatreUK


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