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y separately published work icon 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 The Drover's Wife
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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)

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell , ( dir. Leah Purcell ) Australia : Oombarra Productions , 2017 10722662 2017 single work film/TV

Teaching Resources

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Teaching resources created by Lindsay Williams for AustLit.

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.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Strawberry Hills, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2016 .
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      Image courtesy of publisher's website.
      Extent: 56p.
      Reprinted: 2017
      Note/s:
      • Published September 2016
      ISBN: 9781925005714

Works about this Work

Leah Purcell Straight Shooter Michael Adams , 2017 single work
— Appears in: Australian Author , November vol. 49 no. 2 2017; (p. 5-9)

'The creator of The Drover’s Wife on reimagining Henry Lawson’s classic short story from an Indigenous female perspective. By Michael Adams.' 

y separately published work icon Contemporary Settler Literature : Resources for Students and Teachers Travis Franks , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2017 13356230 2017 single work multimedia bibliography

'Here you will find an introduction to settler colonial theory and contemporary settler colonial literature. This exhibition is intended to survey the major and minor authors, works, and ideas involved with settler colonial writing in Australia, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, since the 1990s.

'In addition to the overview statements on this page, you can click on other tabs to see timeline of publication dates in historical context, a glossary of common terms, an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, brief discussions of themes and motifs useful for student researchers and teachers interested in including settler colonialism in their curricula, and information about comparative settler colonial studies between Australia and the US.'

Source: Abstract.

Writers Writing about Writers and Writing Susan Lever , 2017 single work review
— Appears in: Inside Story , December 2017;

— Review of The Drover's Wife : A Celebration of a Great Australian Love Affair 2017 anthology short story criticism ; A Wife’s Heart : The Untold Story of Bertha and Henry Lawson Kerrie Davies , 2017 single work biography ; The Drover's Wife Leah Purcell , 2016 single work drama ; Alice Pung on John Marsden Alice Pung , 2017 single work essay ; Erik Jensen on Kate Jennings Erik Jensen , 2017 single work essay
'Brave, Ruthless and Utterly Compelling' : Leah Purcell Wins Big at NSW Premier's Literary Awards Steph Harmon , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 May 2017;
'The playwright’s adaptation of The Drover’s Wife will soon tour nationally and abroad, and may become a TV series – with a film already in the works.'
Australian Theatre 2016 : The 10 Most Groundbreaking Shows by Women Jane Howard , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 December 2016;
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)
Australian Theatre 2016 : The 10 Most Groundbreaking Shows by Women Jane Howard , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 December 2016;
'Brave, Ruthless and Utterly Compelling' : Leah Purcell Wins Big at NSW Premier's Literary Awards Steph Harmon , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 May 2017;
'The playwright’s adaptation of The Drover’s Wife will soon tour nationally and abroad, and may become a TV series – with a film already in the works.'
y separately published work icon Contemporary Settler Literature : Resources for Students and Teachers Travis Franks , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2017 13356230 2017 single work multimedia bibliography

'Here you will find an introduction to settler colonial theory and contemporary settler colonial literature. This exhibition is intended to survey the major and minor authors, works, and ideas involved with settler colonial writing in Australia, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, since the 1990s.

'In addition to the overview statements on this page, you can click on other tabs to see timeline of publication dates in historical context, a glossary of common terms, an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, brief discussions of themes and motifs useful for student researchers and teachers interested in including settler colonialism in their curricula, and information about comparative settler colonial studies between Australia and the US.'

Source: Abstract.

Leah Purcell Straight Shooter Michael Adams , 2017 single work
— Appears in: Australian Author , November vol. 49 no. 2 2017; (p. 5-9)

'The creator of The Drover’s Wife on reimagining Henry Lawson’s classic short story from an Indigenous female perspective. By Michael Adams.' 

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