TOUR READY SHOWS
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.
“Central to the success of this beautifully crafted production is the music performed and jointly composed by Hilary Kleinig, Jason Thomas, Emily Tulloch and Belinda Gehlert of the Zephyr Quartet. From the playful pizzicato opening to the mellifluous Michael Nyman-esque loops of melody, they add a tenderness and warmth to the proceedings that serves Chris Drummond’s alchemic purpose. The acerbic Patrick White might not approve, but Daise Morrow would.”