A story of love, loss, betrayal and epic share-house parties inspired by the songs of The Go-Betweens.

Four singers front a live band, performing eleven songs from Australian cult giants The Go-Betweens. There's a stripped-back gig vibe and a funny and evocative story: this is the musical reimagined for the indie crowd.

The Go-Betweens were one of Australia's most influential bands, blending tuneful pop with intelligent and poetic lyrics. The Sound of a Finished Kiss features songs from the first incarnation of the band before Forster and McLennan decided to call it quits in December 1989, including Quiet Heart and Streets of Your Town from the internationally celebrated album 16 Lovers Lane.

Cutting across genres and generations, The Sound of a Finished Kiss is a universal 'coming of age' story. As four forty-somethings look back to the intense experiences of their youth, both fans and those new to the band will share music's power to evoke pivotal moments of our lives.

Presented by Now Look Here, Electric Moon and Brisbane Powerhouse, The Sound of a Finished Kiss premiered to sell-out houses at the Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, 12 - 16 June, 2018.

Written and Directed by Kate Wild | Musical Direction by James Lees | with Lucinda Shaw, Sandro Collarelli, Lucas Stibbard and a live band.

Venue Format
Theatre, Black Box Venue
Technical Rating
C, The production can be modified to suit most venues
Touring Party

This show is not suitable for those under 15 years of age. It contains sexual references and references to drug usage.


This new Australian musical combines Kate Wild's (Now Look Here) intelligent and sensitive direction with James Lees' (Electric Moon) impeccable musicianship.

Kate has directed theatre in London, Bristol and Melbourne before establishing Now Look Here as the 'go-to group for audiences that want to see intelligent, text-driven productions'. (Aussie Theatre)

James has successfully brought together some of Brisbane's best musicians and performers to recreate the music of major figures. Electric Moon's sell-out shows have included Ziggy Stardust (Brisbane Powerhouse, Melbourne Cabaret Festival) and Lou Reed's Transformer (QPAC and Brisbane Powerhouse).

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Unique Selling Point

  1. A play and a live gig in one irresistible package, attracting theatre and music audiences alike

  2. Nine performers including a live band belt out eleven Go-Betweens songs

  3. A universally compelling story which speaks across generations using the miraculous power of music to evoke the past

  4. Eminently flexible, this show can be performed in an intimate black-box space or fill a large proscenium arch theatre

Marketing Materials

A comprehensive library of marketing collateral such as templates; digital assets; production shots; promotional images; press releases; reviews and quotes will be shared with our presenting partners.

Community Engagement

With our talented team on the road, audience engagement opportunities are many and varied:

• post-show Q&A with the cast and band • formal or informal student engagement in high schools and universities • pop-up performances with marketing partners such as record shops or radio stations • special experiences for corporate sponsors.

We have the potential to offer tailored experiences. Talk to us about fulfilling the audience potential for this show in your town.