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

Warning: This production contains blood, violence, sexual violence, strong coarse language and distressing themes. If you have any questions or concerns please get in touch with our Box Office for more information.

Please note: The Drover’s Wife has a ten-minute lock-out for latecomers. After that time, latecomers will not be admitted. We advise arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the production starting. 


Tony Cogin
Mark Coles Smith

Benedict Hardie
Will McDonald

Leah Purcell


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
Traditional Movement & Language Consultant/Spear Maker Sean Choolburra
Dialect Coach Jennifer White
Prop Maker Alexi Creecy
Production Maker Michele Bauer
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith

Performance Times

Tuesday 6.30pm
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
Sunday 5pm

Previews (bookable)
8pm, 17 September
6.30pm, 18 September
8pm, 20 September

Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 21 September

Unwaged performance
2pm, 6 October

Captioned performance
2pm, 8 October

Audio-described performance
2pm, 15 October

Sunday Forum
3pm, 16 October

Running Time
Approx 1 hour & 40 minutes (no interval)


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★★★★ This might be the most important new Australian play written this year…it’s also one of the most absorbing and bracing pieces of drama in Sydney this year.

Ben Neutze | Daily Review

★★★★ The Drover’s Wife is a potent piece of storytelling made enthralling by a cinematically complete package of a production directed Leticia Caceres.

Jason Blake | The Sydney Morning Herald