The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

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A word for word adaptation of Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump from Brink Productions – one of Australia’s leading and most innovative companies – featuring a live score by Zephyr Quartet.

Actors, musicians and audience share the space in a circle of burnt earth beneath a canvas Australian sky. The work shifts and swirls, drawing the audience into the sensual immediacy of a strangely familiar world – the suburb of Sarsaparilla – where the Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the scandalous Daise Morrow.

Australia’s towering literary genius Patrick White had a well-documented love for the theatre. His language is pure performance and we tap into its power. There is no sentimentality here. Brutally funny, profound in its understanding of human nature, and filled with magic and wonder.

“Visually captivating, splendidly lucid stage adaptation”The Australian
“Intimate, delightful and moving”Limelight
“This innovative and visceral production captures all the unmistakable uniqueness of Australian life circa 1950s”The Clothesline
“An intelligent, sensitive, thought provoking and at times surprisingly funny examination of the ripple effect that a death can have upon the lives of those left behind”Stagewhispers

WRITER Patrick White DIRECTOR Chris Drummond DESIGNER Michael Hankin LIGHTING DESIGNER Nigel Levings MUSICAL DIRECTOR Hilary Kleinig COMPOSERS Belinda Gehlert, Emily Tulloch, Jason Thomas, Hilary Kleinig CAST Paul Blackwell, Lucy Lehmann, Genevieve Picot, James Smith and Zephyr Quartet

Brink is acclaimed for making original works in collaboration with great artists. In recent years Chris Drummond, Brink’s Artistic Director, has been sourcing extraordinary texts – poetry, verbatim interviews, short stories, epic poems – and repurposing them to create original theatre. Dedicated to evolving the artform of storytelling in the Australian theatre, Brink’s works are enriched by extensive creative collaboration. We want theatre to be a transcendent experience: a place to collectively observe ourselves, giving voice and flesh to the crises, mysteries and wonders of human existence. We want theatre to start deep conversations about big ideas that contribute to and engage with the national discourse in ways that enliven, inspire and elevate. We want to find new ways to place culture at the centre of daily life.



Assembly George Square Gardens - Palais du Variete


2-7, 9-12 August



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