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The Will To Be

13 Jun 24

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by Mark Salvestro

Shakespeare meets Queer History in award-winning solo show.



13-14 June 2024


7.30pm, Thur 13 June 2024

7.30pm, Fri 14 June 2024


The Q

Running time

60 minutes, no interval

Audience advice

Sexual references


$30 – $49.90

*Early Bird pricing has ended for this event

Adult Member$44.90
Concession Member$39.90
30 & Under$30




An award-winning solo show, laced with the words of Shakespeare.

A University Office, 1962: homosexuality is illegal. Junior lecturer, William O’Halloran, has been dismissed from his position. His secret is out. As he packs up his beloved belongings, William recalls the defining events that led him to this moment. Time is ticking away. His wife Lola is due to arrive any minute. And the curtain will soon rise on the student union production of Romeo and Juliet. But Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers isn’t the only forbidden love story on campus. And the leading man knows this all too well…

The Will To Be is an exploration of Australia’s queer history, societal shame, and a defiant cry to speak truth to power. 

Winner of a Best Theatre Weekly Award at the 2020 Adelaide Fringe.

Producer/Writer/Performer Mark Salvestro
Director/Dramaturg Phoebe Anne Taylor & Sarah Hallam
Set Designer Carmody Nicol
Costume Designer Oliver Ross
Sound Designer Steve Carnell
Lighting Designer Gerry Corcoran
Promotional Photography Sare Clarke

Dazzlingly fresh and alive… a captivating performance… completely enthralling and devastatingly romantic… ★★★★★

Adelaide Theatre Guide