Variations (musical)

Variations is a musical with book and lyrics by Nick Enright and music by Terence Clarke.

Chamber Music For Nine Players and Six Instruments
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MusicTerence Clarke
LyricsNick Enright
BookNick Enright
Productions1982 Sydney

It premiered at the Belvoir St Theatre in Sydney on 2 December 1982, produced by the Nimrod Theatre Company. The original production was directed by John Bell and featured Nancye Hayes, Deidre Rubenstein, Robert Alexander, Philip Dodd, Vivienne Garrett, Brian James, Patricia Kennedy, Kim Krejus and George Spartels.[1]

Set in contemporary (1982) Sydney, the musical concerned the search for love and fulfilment in three generations of Australian women: a cello-playing grandmother searching for a violinist to play with, her daughter who is a lawyer and single mother, a daughter-in-law leaving a routine marriage, and a granddaughter approaching love for the first time.[2]

Variations received the Play Award at the 1983 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards.

Neglected Musicals performed a staged reading in 2013 at the Hayes Theatre in Sydney.[3][4]


  1. ^ "AusStage - Variations". Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  2. ^ Pender, Anne; Lever, Susan (11 March 2017). Nick Enright: An Actor's Playwright. Rodopi. pp. 215–216. ISBN 978-9042024601.
  3. ^ "Variations: The Musical". Retrieved 11 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Neglected Musicals presents 'Variations' - Dance Informa Australia". Retrieved 11 March 2017.