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The Will To Be

Ticket Information

  • Full: $35.00 each
  • Concession: $31.00 each
  • Butterfly Club Member: $28.00 each
  • Group 6+: $28.00 each
  • Early Bird - Offer ends Friday 23rd August: $26.00 each
  • Additional fees may apply


  • Mon 23 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Tue 24 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Wed 25 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Thu 26 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Fri 27 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Sat 28 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm
  • Sun 29 Sep 2019, 7:00pm–8:00pm




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No legacy is so rich as honesty.

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?


"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

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