Seven Stories


They say when we boil down the world’s vast cauldron of myths, legends and literature, seven archetypal stories emerge; they are the bones of our human experience. But what would they sound like as music?

There was a queen with seven daughters,
Each more lovely than the last.
The youngest had, as well as beauty,
Courage unsurpassed.

Hear the oldest of tales with new ears as seven genre-defying composers from across the Australian artistic landscape weave together a musical re-imagining from a female perspective. The result is at once visceral, engaging, funny and otherworldly.

Featuring new music composed by the indie scene’s Amanda Brown (The Go-Betweens), Jodi Phillis (The Clouds) and Bree Van Reyk (Holly Throsby’s drummer); screen composers Kyls Burtland and Caitlin Yeo; and the classical world’s Sally Whitwell and Jane Sheldon, with accompanying visuals designed by Sarah-Jane Woulahan and text by Hilary Bell.

Seven Stories combines music, storytelling and film in a powerful world premiere Australian work that places women centre stage.



JUNE 3, 7:30 pm, City Recital Hall


Caitlin YeoThe Quest
Jodi PhillisOvercoming the Darkness
Amanda BrownRags to Riches
Sally WhitwellFatal Flaw
Bree van ReykComedy of Errors
Kyls BurtlandJourney
Jane SheldonTransformation
Caitlin YeoThe Quest (reprise)

Download the program here


Claire Edwardes (percussion)
Bree van Reyk (percussion)
Jason Noble (clarinet)
Sally Whitwell (piano)
Veronique Serret (violin)
Jane Sheldon (soprano)
Freya Schack-Arnott (cello)

Creative Development Slideshow

A scrolling slideshow of photos of the artists in creative development, as well as a visual representation of the video art by Sarah-Jane Woulahan and a text excerpt by Hilary Bell.
Photo credits: Slideshow by Creative Music Fund. Page header image by Bill Chen.

Seven Stories Premiere Gallery

Photographs by Heidrun Lohr.

Presenting Partners


Supported by

This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

Ensemble Offspring thanks the Red Rattler Theatre, Marrickville, for support with space for Creative Development.