Critical Stages

From Sydney, NSW


a theatrical talking blues and glissendorf

by Benito Di Fonzo

A Critical Stages and Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company Production

Previous Season: 2010 - Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney and Adelaide Fringe Festival
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Live Music
Duration: 70 minutes
Suits: Proscenium Arch, Black Box, Thrust, Cabaret
Minimum Stage: 7m x 6m x 4m
Available for Touring: 2012


Written by award-winning poet and playwright Benito di Fonzo, The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman AKA BOB DYLAN (A LIE) brings to life the story of one of the 20th Century’s most important cultural icons: Bob Dylan.

Originally produced by the Tamarama Rock Surfers, the show played to unanimous critical acclaim at the 2010 Adelaide Fringe Festival before a sellout season at Sydney's Old Fitzroy Theatre and featuring as part of the Seymour Centre's Best of Independent Theatre Season in October 2010. Now produced by Critical Stages, Australia's dedicated producers for touring the most outstanding independent theatre from across Australia, the production will now be tailored to suit the national touring circuit.

The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman AKA BOB DYLAN (A LIE) is a musical, theatrical, poetic and fast-paced journey through Dylan’s wild life. It is not a tribute show, but a wild and fanciful ride through the eyes of a fascinating artist. Dylan is a self-made enigma, creating his own myths and legends and through the show he introduces the audience to the many characters that formed his amazing story, from John Lennon and Yoko Ono to TS Eliot,  Abraham Lincoln to Joan Baez, Johnny Cash to Marilyn Monroe and even Jesus Christ himself.

With outstanding musical accompaniment and live songs that will have audiences tapping their toes The Chronic Ills of Robert Zimmerman AKA BOB DYLAN (A LIE) is a playful, clever and extremely entertaining experience of an extraordinary version of an amazing life.

“So well written … a marvelously engaging theatrical experience. FOUR AND A HALF STARS "

"Clever, witty, sharp and surreal, I was already planning on coming back to watch it again within the first twenty minutes of the show ... 9.5/10" -



Writer Benito Di Fonzo
Director Lucinda Gleeson
Set Designer James Browne Costume Designer Emma Howell Lighting Designer Richard Whitehouse

Starring Andrew Henry, Lenore Munro and Matt Ralph with musical accompaniment from Simon Rippingale