You can think of me as Ruby Wagtail Big Noise Anderson Rangi Ando Heifer Andy Langford.

Ruby Langford Ginibi’s Don’t Take Your Love to Town is one of Australia’s great and abiding books. Everything and nothing happens – from the small to the absolute, from the simple to the diabolical. Spanning most of the last century, from Coonabarabran to Surry Hills, it is the chronicle of a life. And Ruby’s is one hell of a life.

Leah Purcell performs in and directs this one-woman show which attempts something a little bit glorious: to relive Ruby’s big and soulful 70-something years in an evening. Don’t Take Your Love to Town is about a lot of things – love, childhood, struggle, humour, family, work – but most of all it is a homage to Black Australia’s extraordinary spirit of endurance.


Adapted by Eamon Flack Leah Purcell
Director Leah Purcell
Artist Lorna Munro
Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis

Leah Purcell
Nardi Simpson
David Trumpmanis (musician for six performances)



“Earthily humorous, frequently moving.”

Jason Blake, Sydney Morning Herald

“Vivid, robust, exciting, candid and absolutely riveting… an extraordinary theatrical landmark.”

Diana Simmonds, Stage Noise

“The show is Purcell’s and it deserves to have a long life.”

John McCallum, The Australian

“A standout production of 2012.”

Emma Salkild, Alternative Media Group