A New Brain

by William Finn




Performances 19–21 January 2018 @ Middleton Theatre Camberwell

Produced by The Popular Mechanicals & Camberwell Grammarian’s Theatre Company

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The Popular Mechanicals and CGTC, creators behind 2016 production of The 25th Annual Putnam Country Spelling Bee at MTC’s Lawler Theatre present A New Brain, another William Finn production. The fast paced, surreal and irreverent musical follows Gordon, a struggling songwriter who undergoes a life-changing medical emergency. Through themes of love, loss and revelation, this story is about a man who learns to appreciate the life he has rather than the life he thinks he deserves.

Produced by The Popular Mechanicals and CGTC, the show features a professional cast from various elite performing arts institutions including WAAPA, NIDA and the VCA. Together the cast has worked on stage in green room award-winning productions from the likes of Cameron Macintosh, Disney Theatricals and The Production Company to an impressive array of indie music theatre projects across Melbourne.

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Production Team:


Associate Producer Camberwell Grammarians’ Theatre Company – Ben Giraud + Adam Porrett
Associate Producer The Popular Mechanicals – Ben Giraud + Jemima Hogg
Associate Producer Michael Lindner
Production Manager Jemima Hogg
Stage Manager Genevieve Davidson

Creative Team:

Director Ben Giraud
Production Designer Jessie Giraud
Graphic & assistant Production Designer Alexander Brett Rothnie
Musical Director Joshua James Webb
Choreographer Adam Di Martino
Lighting Designer Kim Straatemeier
Sound Designer + Operator Erica D’Angelo
Publicist Isabelle Gan


Conductor/Synth 1 Joshua James Webb

Reviews of our previous productions:

“No one is at the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee [is a loser], including us, the audience; we’re the winners and walk away laughing…G-o-l-u-p-t-i-o-u-s. That means delicious and this musical is.” - The Weekly Review

“A spectacle that would put any rock eisteddfod to shame” – Aussie Theatre

“A perfectly staged and fast paced show that would lift the spirits of anyone from 8 to 88.” – Stage Whispers

“Excellent, both side-splittingly funny and heart-wrenchingly beautiful, and well worth checking out whether you’ve never heard of it, or you’re a well-worn veteran, like myself. You won’t be disappointed. – Theatre press