As part of Sydney Festival 2019, the compelling new drama, BRETT & WENDY …A LOVE STORY BOUND BY ART, will bring to life the tumultuous world of iconic artist Brett Whiteley and his wife, muse, model and confidante, Wendy.
It has been written, directed and designed by Kim Carpenter who is the founder and Artistic Director of Theatre of Image – an Australian company producing works for the past 30 years. The Guide had a very special opportunity to chat in depth about this upcoming production. A very generous Kim shared his passionate vision for the project.
SAG: Your media release says you were captivated by this iconic Australian couple and you were looking for a way to bring it to the stage. How did it occur to you to do it this way?
KIM: I have done pieces about artists, in the past, quite some time ago. About Lloyd Rees and Arthur Boyd and a more generic piece about Australian artists which was called ‘Little Beauties’ which was commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery and had a return season this year. And it was originally done in, I think 2011, so it’s a subject that obsesses me and I guess because my own background.
When I decided to go into theatre, it was a choice between … would I become an independent artist and a painter or would I go into theatre as a designer and theatre maker? So I decided, only through logistics. A 5 year course at East Sydney Tech was far too long and two years at NIDA was better. So go for two years. So it was all a bit accidental. Continue reading SUNDAY SERIES: WRITER, DIRECTOR, DESIGNER SPEAKS ABOUT ‘BRETT & WENDY’