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The Drover's Wife single work   drama  
Adaptation of The Drover's Wife Henry Lawson 1892 single work short story
Issue Details: First known date: 2016 2016
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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.' (Publication summary)

Production Details

  • Presented by Indigenous theatre at Belvoir St Theatre and supported by The Balnaves Foundation. Performed at Upstairs Theatre: 17 September - 16 October 2016.

    Cast: Leah Purcell.

    Director: Leticia Cáceres.

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Works about this Work

Reimagining The Drover's Wife : Leah Purcell Weaves Indigenous Australia into Classic Tale Steve Dow , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 12 September 2016;

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
'In the rehearsal room at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre, Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri actor and writer Leah Purcell shows me a beautiful brown leather carved satchel-purse that her father made her. Growing up, she wasn’t allowed to acknowledge him as her dad. ...'
'I Want People to Leave the Theatre in Silence.' Elissa Blake (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 September 2016; (p. 4)
A Tarantino Drover’s Wife as Seen through Indigenous Eyes Emily Ritchie , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 September 2016; (p. 3)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
Lawson’s Classic Tale Reloaded John McCallum , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 23 September 2016; (p. 14)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
Purcell Magnificent in Bleak but Hopeful Drama Jason Blake , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 September 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
The Drover's Wife Review – Plot Twist Leaves Australian Classic Spinning on Its Axis Kate Hennessy , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 September 2016;

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
'Leah Purcell’s radical reimagining of Henry Lawson’s short story is a tense, captivating, action-packed Australian western.'
Reimagining The Drover's Wife : Leah Purcell Weaves Indigenous Australia into Classic Tale Steve Dow , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 12 September 2016;

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
'In the rehearsal room at Sydney’s Belvoir Street Theatre, Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri actor and writer Leah Purcell shows me a beautiful brown leather carved satchel-purse that her father made her. Growing up, she wasn’t allowed to acknowledge him as her dad. ...'
A Tarantino Drover’s Wife as Seen through Indigenous Eyes Emily Ritchie , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 September 2016; (p. 3)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
Lawson’s Classic Tale Reloaded John McCallum , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 23 September 2016; (p. 14)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
Purcell Magnificent in Bleak but Hopeful Drama Jason Blake , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 September 2016; (p. 24)

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
The Drover's Wife Review – Plot Twist Leaves Australian Classic Spinning on Its Axis Kate Hennessy , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 September 2016;

— Review of The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell 2016 single work drama
'Leah Purcell’s radical reimagining of Henry Lawson’s short story is a tense, captivating, action-packed Australian western.'
'I Want People to Leave the Theatre in Silence.' Elissa Blake (interviewer), 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17-18 September 2016; (p. 4)
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