AMPAG, Belvoir Belvoir:The Drover's Wife

The Drover's Wife

Image Credits: Photo by Leah Purcell

September 2016

Wed 21 

08:00 PM

Belvoir

Belvoir

25 Belvoir St

SydneyNSW

 
 

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