After a long and satisfying marriage, wealthy couple Iris (Marina Prior) and Jed (John O’May), are happily getting a divorce and are throwing an elaborate party at their elegant home to celebrate. But by the end of the evening, Iris and Jed’s divorce has triggered a renegotiation of all certainties and the characters are set on an unanticipated course.
Featuring an impressive all-star ensemble of Australian stage and screen talent, The Divorceis a whimsical whirl through Iris and Jed’s elaborate separation party. Lisa McCune plays Louise, Iris’ unlucky in love sister who has her eye on Jed until she’s thrust into the spotlight of Toby (Hugh Sheridan), an aspiring painter. Meanwhile Iris and Jed’s longsuffering PA Caroline played by pop singer Kate Miller-Heidke, is on the hop from a pair of comical debt collectors.
Director, Dean Murphy (Strange Bedfellows) and cinematographer Roger Lanser (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries) join forces with internationally acclaimed composer Elena Kats-Chernin and award-winning playwright Joanna Murray-Smith to bring this musical comedy to life.
The Divorce is a humorous, witty and musically rich 'soap opera' exploring the universal themes of love, passion, regret, greed and longing that will resonate with a broad audience.
Behind the scenes: filming The Divorce
Watch The Divorce
The Divorce will air on Sky Arts on 19 June 2017 at 9pm (BST).
The Divorce is a Princess Pictures Production in association with ABC TV and Opera Australia. Financed with the assistance of The Opera Conference, ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria. The Opera Conference partners are Opera Australia, the State Opera of South Australia, Opera Queensland and the West Australian Opera.
|Composer||Elena Kats-Chernin AO|
|Based on an original idea by||Lyndon Terracini|
|ABC Executive Producer||Christopher Gist|
|ABC Acting Head of Arts||Mandy Chang|
Opera Australia Chorus
|Chorus Master||Anthony Hunt|
Australian Opera and Ballet Orchestra
|Violin||Catalin Ungureanu (Leader)|
|Double Bass||Andrew Meisel|
|Trombone||Gregory van der Struik|
|Percussion / Timpani||Shaun Trubiano|
|Drum Kit||Andrew Gander|