An Unforgettable Journey of Love and Movement: Message in a Bottle

Message in a Bottle at the Sydney Opera House is an exhilarating and emotionally charged production that left me utterly spellbound. This dance extravaganza is a fusion of storytelling, stunning choreography, and a vibrant soundtrack that breathes new life into the timeless tale of love, loss, and the indomitable human spirit.

From the moment the curtains rose, I was transported into a world of raw emotions and unbridled energy. The dancers’ incredible athleticism and precision were awe-inspiring, and their ability to convey complex emotions through movement was genuinely remarkable. The choreography by Kate Prince was a masterpiece in itself, seamlessly blending various dance styles, including contemporary, hip-hop, and ballet. Every move was executed with grace and power, making the stage come alive with an electrifying energy. While it debuted in London three years ago, the current international conflicts added a more profound gravity to the show.

The narrative follows the three stories of one family. Their homeland, torn apart by war, the family become refugees and seek to restart life in a new world. Each sibling has a different experience in their new world, yet they remain connected through their familial bonds. I was emotionally invested in their journey from the beginning, and I truly felt their love, pain, and joy.

The production’s soundtrack was an integral part of its success, featuring the iconic hits of the 17-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sting. Songs like Every Breath You Take, Roxanne, Walking On The Moon, and more were reimagined to fit the story, adding an extra layer of emotional depth to every scene. The use of Sting’s timeless classics was a stroke of genius, and the audience’s reactions ranged from foot-tapping to tears of emotion.

One of the standout features of Message in a Bottle was its incredible visual design. The simple set was a marvel of versatility, transforming seamlessly from a bustling cityscape to a tranquil beach and even the depths of the ocean. Using projections and lighting effects created a dynamic backdrop that enhanced the narrative’s emotional weight. The attention to detail in the production design was a testament to the creative team’s dedication to storytelling.

The ensemble cast was nothing short of phenomenal. Each member brought their unique style and charisma to the stage, contributing to the production’s overall energy and charm.

Message in a Bottle also carried a powerful message about unity, hope, and the enduring power of love. It reminded us that, in our fast-paced world, genuine connections are still possible, even when the odds seem insurmountable.

This production is an absolute must-see for anyone who appreciates the beauty of live performance and the magic of storytelling through movement. It will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression and tug at your heartstrings long after the final curtain falls. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience this theatrical gem; it’s a love letter to the power of art and the human spirit.


– The other Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig is an international performer and has established himself as a trusted theatre specialist on the Sydney Arts Scene. While he understands the technical side of theatre, Dan writes for the everyday theatregoer (unlike some of those more prominent publications). When not in the audience, he loves to travel the world trying new gin. Follow him on all the socials @talldancraig

Message in a Bottle runs for 1 hour 50 mins (including 20 min interval) and plays at the Sydney Opera House through 29 October 2023. Tickets are available through the Sydney Opera House.

Disclosure: The Plus Ones were guests of the Sydney Opera House

Image credit: Lynn Theisen.