Image: Sarah Walker
Image: Paul Dunn
Image: Paul Dunn
Image: Paul Dunn

Song for a Weary Throat


Song For a Weary Throat is the latest work created by Rawcus and the Invenio singers.

Fifteen bodies surface in the wake of a disaster. When all is lost, what keeps them afloat?

In the haunting Song for a Weary Throat live music from the critically acclaimed vocalists Invenio Singers meets the exquisite image making and uninhibited physicality of the Rawcus Ensemble. The work asks what is it that propels us to get up after loss, after heartbreak, after failure?


Set in an abandoned dance hall, Song for a Weary Throat follows a logic that is emotional rather than linear. Dangerously beautiful, irresistibly tender, Song For a Weary Throat is a work filled with fragile hope.

Song for a Weary Throat was nominated for a Helpmann Award (Best Production of a Play) and received three 2018 Green Room Awards for Production, Music Composition & Sound Design and Ensemble (Independent Theatre).


Rawcus is a critically acclaimed ensemble of performers with and without disability who have been creating work together for over nineteen years. Rawcus devises distinct performances that express the imaginative world of the Ensemble. Drawing on dance, theatre and visual art disciplines, the work is crafted with a precision that supports the performers but allows space for their inherent sense of anarchy. Rawcus’ performance aesthetic is characterised by a marriage of intense physicality and arresting visual imagery. Rawcus’ work is sculptural, unexpected, beautiful, funny and tender.

Rawcus’ work has won and been nominated for numerous awards and has featured as part of Dance Massive, Melbourne International Arts Festival and Next Wave. Rawcus has collaborated with diverse arts companies including Restless Dance Company, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Born in a Taxi, Axis Dance (Oakland, USA), Invenio Singers and Chamber Made.

“world class theatre – sumptuously imagined, visually stunning and profoundly moving” – The Age


Jacque Robinson
General Manager and Executive Producer
+61 421 103 877