17 Sep – 16 Oct 2016
Wednesday to Friday 8pm
Saturday 2pm & 8pm
8pm, 17 September
6.30pm, 18 September
8pm, 20 September
Opening night (invitation only)
8pm, 21 September
Venue: Belvoir: Upstairs Theatre
Theatre Company: Produced by Belvoir in association with Oombarra Productions
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.
Produced by Belvoir in association with Oombarra Productions
Indigenous theatre at Belvoir supported by The Balnaves Foundation