songs for a new world_debrief

Listen to the song that I sing,
Listen to the words in my heart,
Listen to the hope that I bring,
And you’ll start…
To grow….
And shine.”

Oxagen’s Songs for a New World finished with incredible success, with the final night another sell out event. I am absolutely indebted to the Oxagen production team who were so approachable, engaged and genuinely in love with this musical as I am, who made this such a rich experience for me.

Spending production week in the space and walking the stage was a excellent place to learn; being able to experience the creative process between Director Penn Valk and LD Damien Calvert was an invaluable insight into the nature of bringing the vision of the work to life in the physical space.

Being able to assist with light rigging and patching was also a fantastic opportunity to put my skills into use in a new venue, and I was also able to operate a scissor lift professionally for the first time since I received my EWP license – a small thing in the grand scheme of a show, but an exciting first for me nonetheless!

I’d like to sincerely thank the Oxagen Committee and production team for engaging me in the incredible journey that Songs chronicles (and for introducing me to Jason Robert Brown’s works in general!) and sincerely hope to work with Oxagen again in the near future.

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Music & Lyrics by Jason Robert Brown
Originally produced by the WPA Theatre, New York City, 1995
Original orchestration by Brian Besterman and Jason Robert Brown

By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd, exclusive agent for Music Theatre International (NY)

July 11 – 13 2013
The Open Stage, 757 Swanston Street

Director: Penn Valk
Musical Director: Raphael Wong
Choreographer: Amy Jenkins
Production Co-ordinator: DJ Pearce
Production Co-ordinator: Catherine Worsnop
Stage Manager: Sam Hornstein
Set Designer: Amy Jenkins


Thursday July 11, 8pm
Friday July 12, 8pm
Saturday July 13, 3pm
Saturday July 13, 8pm


Adults                        $30
Concessions & Groups*     $25

* A group rate of $25/person is available for groups of seven (7) or more. Please contact the ticket secretary, Catherine Worsnop ( or 0425 854 741) to organise a group booking.

With only a limited number of shows and tickets already almost sold out for Friday’s show, book your tickets quickly here!

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Our incredibly talented cast and production team are hard at work rehearsing Songs for a New World.  Have a sneak peak at the images below!

Songs will be performed at The Open Space theatre on July 11 – 13. Tickets can be purchased here.

All images are copyright Oxagen Productions 2013.





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“It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice,  or take a stand, or turn around and go back… The moment you think you know where you stand, the things that you’re sure of slip from your hand, and you’re suddenly a stranger in some completely different land.”

– Jason Robert Brown

I’m extremely excited to be involved in Oxagen’s production of the wonderful Jason Robert Brown musical, Songs for a New World. 

Described as an abstract musical or a series of independent scene-songs, the narrative of Songs is connected by the concept of the “one moment” where everything changes – for good, bad or completely unknown, and the series of each character discovering and confronting their respective new worlds. Ranging from the jazzy attitude of cabaret, to the incredible swelling harmonies of gospel, Songs is a journey in turn uplifting and tragic, with an overwhelming sense of the strength of the human spirit to overcome.

Songs for a New World will be performed at The Open Space theatre on July 11 – 13. Tickets can be purchased here.