Music, lyrics and book by Anthony Crowley. Produced By The National Institute Of Dramatic Art – NIDA 1994 and WAAPA 1996
Set in the mythical country town of Jericho, the Villain of Flowers revolves around The Duke La Castro – a prominent orange farmer and pinnacle of the local community – andJack Baracoon – a young man who is returning home on the day of his brother’s marriage to the Duke’s only daughter – Gia.
Angry and estranged from his brother – Bob and sister – Cindy – Jack carries around the scars left by the murder of both his parents, years before.The Duke would appear to be a generous family friend having taken care of the Baracoon children ever since the horrible tragedy. Until the day of the wedding – when Jack is visited by the apparition of his dead father– demanding vengeance against the man who killed both he and his wife – The Duke.
The Villain of Flowers is unapologetic melodrama – inspired by Jacobean Tragedy and Shakepeare’s Hamlet; brought to life by a full bore rock/folk score. Commissioned by NIDA; it first premiered at the Old Parade Theatre in 1994 with a cast that included David Dixon Terry Serio, Robyn Arthur, Tracey Case, Michelle Doak, Simon Westaway, and Matthew Dyktinski.