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16 June 2024: THE WILL TO BE by Mark Salvestro

    written produced & performed by Mark Salvestro
    The Twyford – Theatre venue
    3.00pm Sunday 16 June 2024

    A one-man award-winning theatre show exploring sexuality, society and shame in 1960s Australia, laced with the words of Shakespeare.

    “Compelling and must-see theatre” – Melbourne Observer

    “A masterful performance” – Stage Whispers

    Length: 1 hour – no interval. Foyer cafe/bar open 1 hour prior to show

    Adult themes/sexual references – Recommended for ages 15+. Under 15s to be accompanied by an adult.



    A University Office, 1962: homosexuality is illegal.

    Junior lecturer, William O’Halloran, has been dismissed from his probationary position. His secret is out. ​As he packs up his beloved belongings, William recalls the defining decisions that have lead him to this moment. ​But time is ticking away. His wife Lola is due to arrive any minute. And the curtain is soon to rise on the student union production of Romeo and Juliet. 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.



    Written, Produced and Performed by Mark Salvestro
    Sound Design by Steve Carnell
    Set Design by Carmody Nicol
    Costume Design by Oliver Ross
    Photography by Sare Clarke & Darren Gill

    This performance is supported by the Renew to Invest Sustain and Enhance (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative