Tarantino meets Deadwood in this full-throttle drama of our colonial past, written by the indomitable Leah Purcell.
Henry Lawson’s story of the Drover’s Wife pits the stoic silhouette of a woman against the unforgiving Australian landscape, staring down a serpent – it’s our frontier myth captured in a few pages. In Leah’s new play the old story gets a very fresh rewrite. Once again the Drover’s Wife is confronted by a threat in her yard in Australia’s high country, but now it’s a man. He’s bleeding, he’s got secrets, and he’s black. She knows there’s a fugitive wanted for killing whites, and the district is thick with troopers, but something’s holding the Drover’s Wife back from turning this fella in…
A taut thriller of our pioneering past, The Drover’s Wife is full of fury, power and has a black sting to the tail, reaching from our nation’s infancy into our complicated present. And best of all, Leah’s playing the Wife herself.
Produced by Belvoir in association with Oombarra Productions
Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation
Mark Coles Smith
By Leah Purcell
Director Leticia Cáceres
Set Designer Stephen Curtis
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer/Sound Designer THE SWEATS
Dramaturg Anthea Williams
Movement Director Scott Witt
Dialect Coach Jennifer White
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
8pm, 17 September
6.30pm, 18 September
8pm, 20 September
Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 21 September
2pm, 6 October
2pm, 8 October
2pm, 15 October
3pm, 16 October
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