Adelaide Festival 28 February - 16 March 2014

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Needles & Opium

Ex Machina

Written and Directed by Robert Lepage


Australian Premiere / Exclusive to Adelaide

"(Lepage) is the alchemist of modern imagistic theatre."

- The Guardian

Revered theatre maker Robert Lepage revisits a magically staged masterpiece more than 20 years after its first production. A fascinating and thoughtful performance, Needles and Opium explores the complex relationships between displacement, drug addiction and creative drive. Revealed through the lives of Parisian poet and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, American jazz legend Miles Davis and Lepage’s own journey, this work is brilliantly conceived and astonishingly performed. A welcome return for the company that brought The Seven Streams of the River Ota to the 1998 Adelaide Festival.

“Filled with indelible imagery and observations… a super-visionary work.” New York Times

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Thu 13 Mar 8pm
Fri 14 Mar 8pm
Sat 15 Mar 2pm & 8pm
Sun 16 Mar 5pm

1 hour 50 minutes (no interval)


Adult $89
Friends $76
Concession $76
Fringe Benefits $30

For Fringe Benefits bookings, please call BASS on 131 246.


Contains simulated smoking and smoke effects.

Access Details

Wheelchair Access Assistive Listening


Performed by: Marc Labrèche and Wellesley Robertson III
Presented by Théâtre du Trident, Québec; Canadian Stage, Toronto and Théâtre du Nouveau Monde, Montréal

Nicola-Frank Vachon

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