If anyone can write a full-throttle drama of our colonial past, it’s the indomitable Leah Purcell.

We all know Henry Lawson’s story of the Drover’s Wife. Her stoic silhouette against an unforgiving landscape, her staring down of the serpent; it’s the 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, 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, with a black sting to the tail, The Drover’s Wife reaches from our nation’s infancy into our complicated present. And best of all, Leah’s playing the Wife herself.

Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation


Tony Cogin
Benedict Hardie
Will McDonald

Leah Purcell


By Leah Purcell
Director Leticia Cáceres
Set Designer Stephen Curtis
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Composer/Sound Designer THE SWEATS
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
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


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