BRISBANE music group Topology will bring their unique show to Byron Bay this weekend as they celebrate the release of their 11th album Share House.
Topology showcase their music in a groundbreaking new show Topology: Share House, which fuses physical theatre and music in a wordless narrative conveyed through virtuosic instrumentation.
With the musicians (John Babbage, Robert Davidson, Bernard Hoey, Therese Milanovic and Christa Powell) portraying fictional characters while playing intricate original music, the Share House on stage production features an innovative collaboration between Topology director Annie Lee, lighting designer David Walters and production designer Bill Haycock.
Share House, described by the group as an "instrumental opera" loosely set in the 70s, tells the story of five dysfunctional bandmates sharing a dishevelled flat and interwoven life; full of warmth, fun and unrequited love.
Artistic director and bassist Robert Davidson said Topology: Share House portrays a whole new concept of doing a show.
"It's like a concert, but it's a play as well - as the musicians are performing, we're acting out what's happening, without words," he said.
"It's like miming, with music."
Using music to communicate, he said, makes for a "pretty involved emotional journey" for both the characters and the audience.
"We find that the audience gets very emotional," Mr Davidson said.
"It gets quite deeply emotional after a while, as the characters face up to their insecurities.
"Music is a very emotional medium.
"Be ready to have your gut ripped apart a little bit."
Many come along expecting a bit of a light comedy, and while, yes, it is a comedy, there's also a lot of emotional depth as the show goes on.
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