The Drover's Wife
Tarantino meets Deadwood in this full-throttle drama of our colonial past, written by the indomitable Leah Purcell. Henry Lawsons story of the Drovers Wife pits the stoic silhouette of a woman against the unforgiving Australian landscape, staring down a serpent its our frontier myth captured in a few pages. In Leahs new play the old story gets a very fresh rewrite. Once again the Drovers Wife is confronted by a threat in her yard in Australias high country, but now its a man. Hes bleeding, hes got secrets, and hes black. She knows theres a fugitive wanted for killing whites, and the district is thick with troopers, but somethings holding the Drovers Wife back from turning this fella in a taut thriller of our pioneering past, this play is full of fury, power and has a black sting to the tail, reaching from our nations infancy into our complicated present. (7 male, 1 female).
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