The Will To Be

Mon 23 to Sun 29 Sep

The Will To Be

Content Warning: Sexual References, Depictions of Mental Illness, References to Death and Suicide.

One lonely night in 1962, a young university lecturer weighs up his life. The career of his dreams is no more. His secret is out. Will he choose love or the law?

In a time when homosexuality is illegal in Australia, a man of reputation must ask the everlasting question: ‘to be or not to be?’

A one-man show exploring legacy, sexuality, and shame, married with the words of William Shakespeare and music of the 1960s.

Does a life filled with fear and denial make for any life at all?

Written, Produced and Performed by Mark Salvestro.
Assistant Producers Anthea Greco and William Lee
Dramaturgy Assistance by Mark Pritchard
Sound Design by Steve Carnell
Lighting Design by Lachlan Mclean
Set Design by Carmody Nicol
Costume Design by Oliver Ross
Stage Managed by Holly Anderson

Praise from Mark Salvestro's previous work:

'Mesmerising and gifted' - Arts Hub

‘A passionate and romantic performer’ - BCause Arts

​‘A new and emerging playwright with an impressive set of skills ready to be unleashed in the performing arts industry’ - What's On In Adelaide

​‘Mark Salvestro is indeed a very talented young man. Riveting and moving - a talented musician, singer, actor and playwright' – Adelaide Theatre Guide


Monday 23 September 2019 7:00pm
Tuesday 24 September 2019 7:00pm
Wednesday 25 September 2019 7:00pm
Thursday 26 September 2019 7:00pm
Friday 27 September 2019 7:00pm
Saturday 28 September 2019 7:00pm
Sunday 29 September 2019 7:00pm


Full $35
Concession $31
Group (6+) $28
Member $28


Under 18s

The Butterfly Club is a licensed venue. Under 18s can only attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.