By Leah Purcell
Director Leticia Cáceres
Set Designer Stephen Curtis
Costume Designer Tess Schofield
Lighting Designer Verity Hampson
Composer/Sound Designer THE SWEATS
Mark Coles Smith
Produced in association with Oombarra Productions
If anyone can write a full-throttle drama of our colonial past, it’s the indomitable Leah Purcell.
Henry Lawson’s story of the Drover’s Wife paints her stoic silhouette against an unforgiving landscape. Alone with her children and her dog she stares down the serpent; it’s the frontier myth captured in just a few pages that vividly illustrates the hand-to-mouth existence of a drover’s family.
In Purcell’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…
Director Leticia Cáceres shapes plays around indomitable women like no one else. Here she reunites with Purcell after Belvoir’s 2011 sleeper hit The Dark Room.
In 2014 Purcell won The Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award. Her prize was a commission to write this play. Belvoir and The Balnaves Foundation are proud to present the first production of a Balnaves Award-winning commission. The Balnaves Award has grown to become one of the most prestigious Indigenous writing awards in the country. This production marks a new chapter for the Award with commissioned plays making their way to the mainstage.
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, Purcell’s playing the Wife herself.
Leah Purcell first showed what an amazing storyteller she is 14 years ago in Box the Pony, in which she told her own story… Since then she has become one of our finest actors…
Indigenous theatre Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation.
Notes for editors
17 September – 16 October 2016
8pm Saturday 17 September
6.30pm Sunday 18 September
8pm Tuesday 20 September
8pm Wednesday 21 September
2pm Thursday 6 October
2pm Saturday 8 October
Audio Described Performance
2pm Saturday 15 October
3pm 16 October
Tuesday 6.30pm, Wednesday to Friday 8pm Saturday 2pm & 8pm, Sunday 5pm
Full from $72, Seniors/Industry/Group $62, Concession $49, Previews $40,
30 Down $47, Student Saver $37
*Belvoir’s ticket prices can be dynamically adjusted either up or down without notice. This can apply to a small number of tickets in response to demand for a specific performance date or time.
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