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08 August 2014

Venue: Concert Hall
Presented by: Sydney Opera House

Years: 3 - 6
Subjects: Creative Arts, English

To inquire about this event please call our friendly education team on 02 9250 7770 or make a ticket request


Sydney Opera House is proud to present the renowned Sydney Youth Orchestra in a perplexing orchestral whodunit, starring legendary comedian Frank Woodley

Meet the orchestra, solve the mystery, and laugh until you cry in this cutting-edge introduction to classical music.

Our detective will interrogate the entire orchestra, establishing their whereabouts at the time of the crime.

Starting with the strings and working all the way to percussion, the detective finds sound alibis and dead ends down every sonic avenue. Commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony in 2006, composed by Nathaniel Stookey with text by bestselling author Lemony Snicket, this murder mystery is sure to keep young music fans enthralled.


1.            Benjamin Britten: The Young Person's Guide To The Orchestra - 17 minutes
2.            Nathaniel Stookey: The Composer Is Dead - 30 minutes


Artist Information

Music by Nathaniel Stookey
Text by Lemoney Snicket
Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Starring Frank Woodley
Conducted by Brian Buggy
Directed by Craig Ilott
Designed by Nicholas Dare
Performed by Sydney Youth Orchestra

Music by Nathaniel Stookey
Text by Lemony Snicket
Originally commissioned by the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
Starring Frank Woodley
Conducted by Brian Buggy
Directed by Craig Ilott
Designed by Nicholas Dare
Performed by Sydney Youth Orchestra

Frank Woodley

Half of the legendary duo Lano and Woodley, Frank Woodley is one of Australia's favourite comedians and actors. He has appeared regularly on our TV screens on the ABC's music quiz show Spicks and Specks, Network TEN's Good News Week and Thank God You're Here.  His debut TV series Woodley premiered on the ABC in 2012, and was created by, written, produced and starring Frank as the title character opposite Justine Clarke.

Frank is a comedy festival circuit pro. His smash hit solo show Possessed played across Australia and the Edinburgh Festival with packed houses and rave reviews. In addition, his animated short, Chicken of God, received an AFI nomination and he won the coveted Herald Angel Award at the Edinburgh Fringe for his role of Candide in the Malthouse Theatre production of Optimism.

This year has seen Frank return to the stage with a new show, Fool's Gold.  You can follow Frank on Facebook for news and upcoming shows.

Craig Ilott

Craig Ilott is an award-winning director with accolade across the spectrum of the Australian theatre industry. In 2006 Craig won a Green Room Award - Best Direction of a Musical, for the Australian production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, which was also awarded Best Musical at the Sydney Theatre Awards.

His 2010 production Smoke & Mirrors had sell-out seasons at two Sydney Festivals, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the Melbourne Arts Centre and the Auckland Festival and won three Helpmann Awards including Best New Australian Work.

Most recently he directed Band of Magicians for the 2014 Sydney Festival and Diamonds are for Trevor for Arts Centre Melbourne. Other credits include Misanthropology at the Sydney Festival and La Boheme for Opera Queensland.

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Pricing Information

One free Teacher is permitted per 20 Students.  Additional Teachers are charged at Student price.

Student $21
Additional Tecaher $21
Pricing Information Explained

Pricing Information Explained

School Groups:  Please contact the School Group Booking line on +61 2 9250 7770 or make a ticket request. For information on planning your visit go to School Excursions.

Performance Dates

Friday 8 August 11am Running Time: 75 Minutes Including Q&A


Praise for The Composer is Dead

'...funny, buoyant and engaging'    The San Francisco Chronicle

Praise for Frank Woodley

"Wear a girdle in case you split your sides" ★★★★★    Herald Sun 2014

"One of our most naturally gifted comedians" ★★★★- The Age, Melbourne

"Woodley has so cleverly matured into the most immature performer in Australian comic history"- Courier Mail, Brisbane

"He is undoubtedly one of the best physical comics in Australia." ★★★★- The Advertiser, South Australia

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