By Sam Shepard
Director Gale Edwards

  • Venue Upstairs Theatre
  • Dates 27 Sep – 20 Oct 2002

    ‘Tiny little shoot. Tiny little white shoot. All hairy and fragile. Strong though. Strong enough to crack the earth even. It’s a miracle, Dodge.’

    Sam Shepard is one of the great poets of twentieth century theatre. His sensual and muscular language places him in the great tradition of American frontier writers, which stretches from Melville to Whitman to Steinbeck, Faulkner and on.

    As Australia confronted its own hidden truths, Sam Shepard’s classic work was a timely reminder of the bitter harvest of a family, poisoned by rancour and a crushing lack of honestly, held in thrall to a crime carefully concealed in the past. Vince’s homecoming to a rural family and landscape long emptied of hope and fertility forced violent reckoning between a pitiless past and the possibilities for redemption.

    After playing in the world of six-year-old Theo in The Small Poppies, Max Cullen returned to the Upstairs stage as the malignant patriarch Dodge.

    And in the wake of Gale Edwards’ own Australian homecoming, Belvoir was delighted to welcome her back. Gale had long been obsessed with the idea of directing Buried Child, one of the truly great works of American Theatre.


    Max Cullen
    Judi Farr
    Damon Herriman
    John Higgins
    Steve Le Marquand
    Kate Mulvany
    Ken Radley


    By Sam Shepard
    Director Gale Edwards
    Set Designer Brian Thomson
    Costume Designer Julie Lynch
    Lighting Designer Mark Howett
    Composer & Sound Designer Paul Charlier
    Assistant Director Christopher Hurrell

    Production images by Uncredited

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