Don’t Take
Your Love to Town

From the book by Ruby Langford Ginibi
Adapted by Eamon Flack Leah Purcell Director Leah Purcell

Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation

  • Venue Downstairs Theatre
  • Dates 29 Nov 2012 – 6 Jan 2013
  • Duration Approx 2 hours, 15 mins (including interval)

    You can think of me as Ruby Wagtail Big Noise Anderson Rangi Ando Heifer Andy Langford.

    Ruby Langford Ginibi’s Don’t Take Your Love to Town is one of Australia’s great and abiding books. Everything and nothing happens – from the small to the absolute, from the simple to the diabolical. Spanning most of the last century, from Coonabarabran to Surry Hills, it is the chronicle of a life. And Ruby’s is one hell of a life.

    Leah Purcell performs in and directs this one-woman show which attempts something a little bit glorious: to relive Ruby’s big and soulful 70-something years in an evening. Don’t Take Your Love to Town is about a lot of things – love, childhood, struggle, humour, family, work – but most of all it is a homage to Black Australia’s extraordinary spirit of endurance.


    Adapted by Eamon Flack Leah Purcell
    Director Leah Purcell
    Artist Lorna Munro
    Lighting Designer Luiz Pampolha
    Composer & Sound Designer Steve Francis

    Leah Purcell
    Nardi Simpson
    David Trumpmanis (musician for six performances)

    Rehearsal images by Heidrun Lohr
    Production images by Brett Boardman

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