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A contemporary baroque musical about relaxation.

Holiday is an eclectic mixture of baroque song, video installation and gentle conversation between two male performers that traverses the personal and sometimes intimate details of their lives. It contemplates the world as a place where we can no longer cope with large occurrences and succeed only in retreating further into our own private spaces.

"This is contemporary performance of the highest calibre, wrought with deft skill and tempered with a discerning, unwavering hand. This is theatre of the moment, in which no word exists before it is uttered, no action before it is performed."

Real Time

"Lucid, gentle, funny and unexpectedly moving, it remains one of the shows of the year."

The Australian

"Holiday is great theatre – funny and light as air on the surface, with philosophical depths that will niggle you long after you leave."

The Age


Concept/Director - Adriano Cortese

Co-creators/Performers - Paul Lum, Patrick Moffatt

Text - Raimondo Cortese

Set/Costume Design - Anna Tregloan

Sound Design - David Franzke

Lighting Design - Nik Pajanti

Video - Adriano Cortese

Stage Manager - Jess Keepence

Photo credits - Anna Tregloan


2011 - COIL Festival, Performance Space 122, New York

2011 - Odissea Festival, Porto
2011 - Culturgest, Lisbon
2011 - Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff
2009 - Dublin Fringe Festival
2009 - Aarhus Festuge
2009 - Noorderzon Festival, Groningen
2009 - Griffin Theatre, Sydney
2008 - Malthouse Theatre, Melbourne
2007 - Arts House, North Melbourne


2009 - Dublin Fringe Festival Awards Best Male Performer (Patrick & Paul joint winners)
2009 - Dublin Fringe nomination for Best Production
2007 - Green Room award for Best Production

2007 - Green Room award for Best Director
2007 - Green Room award for Best New Writing

2007 - Green Room award for Best Best Male Performer

2007 - Green Room award for Best Costume & Set Design

2007 - Green Room nomination for Best Lighting Design

2007 - Green Room nomination for Best Sound Design



Holiday has been supported by the Australian Government through its arts funding and advisory body the Australia Council for the Arts; The Victorian Government through Arts Victoria; Arts House, North Melbourne; Malthouse Theatre.

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