The Aspirations of Daise Morrow
A word for word adaptation of Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump, featuring 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 Barranugli – 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.
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, Kris McQuade, James Smith and Zephyr Quartet
10-24 October, 2015
Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre