The Drover’s Wife

Date(s) - 8 Oct 2016
2:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Belvoir Street Theatre

GoTheatrical! Closed Captioned Performance: Saturday, 8 October 2016 at 2pm

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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

Leah Purcell

By Leah Purcell
Director Leticia Cáceres
Stage Manager Isabella Kerdijk
Assistant Stage Manager Keiren Smith

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