‘Life of Byron’ by George Kapiniaris and Tony Nikolakopoulos to world premiere in Australia

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Australian comedy legends Tony Nikolakopoulos and George Kapiniaris’ will hold the world premiere of their heartfelt comedy play The Life of Byron in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Sydney premiere is being brought by the Greek Festival of Sydney, proudly supported by Bank of Sydney, and in collaboration with Kali Techni Productions. Melbourne’s premiere is presented by the Greek Community of Melbourne.

Following the success of their national 2-year tour of their previous collaboration, The Last Proxy, the duo, along with writer Sally Faraday, are excited to bring this heartfelt comedy to the stage.

Filled with laughter and pathos, The Life of Byron is a heartwarming exploration of family and the challenges of love, responsibility, and growing up. The play sees the world through the eyes of one man as he struggles with one of the most important decisions he’ll ever make – and the choices, mistakes and the greatest influence that have brought him to this point.

When viewers first meet Byron, he’s in the grips of a mid-life crisis; single, bewildered, self-absorbed, and by no means ready to make a decision that will impact his entire family for the rest of their lives.

Byron’s mother is suffering from the early effects of dementia and his sister Alex thinks the best option is to sell the house and put their mum in a nursing home. Can Byron send his mother away? Has he got what it takes to care for her himself? Or can he use the time he’s got left with his mum to unlock her mystery and maybe, finally, grow up in the process?

Produced, directed and written by Tony Nikolakopoulos (Last Proxy, Honeymoon in Hellas, Café Rebetika, Underbelly, Last King Of The X) with co-writer Sally Faraday (Red Lopez, Dog Park), The Life of Byron is a sweet and tender theatrical experience and an ode to the extraordinary lives of a generation of migrants who made Australia what it is today.

Experience Australia’s own celebrated actor and comedian George Kapiniaris (Wogs out of Work, Acropolis Now, Local Council on 7mate) as you’ve never seen him before, joined onstage by AACTA (AFI) award-winning actress Maria Theodorakis (Walking on Water, Seven Types of Ambiguity, Newton’s Law, MTC, Malthouse, Belvoir Street) as each of the incredible women who’ve made Byron the man he is today.

The Life of Byron is playing at the Alex Theatre St Kilda from October 11th – 22nd and Sydney at The Fusebox Factory Theatre, Marrickville from November 1st – 12th.

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