The Drover's Wife

The Drover's Wife

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Tarantino meets Deadwood in this full-throttle drama of our colonial past, written by the indomitable Leah Purcell.
Henry Lawson's story of the Drover's Wife pits the stoic silhouette of a woman against the unforgiving Australian landscape, staring down a serpent-it's our 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 in Australia's high country, 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, The Drover's Wife is full of fury, power and has a black sting to the tail, reaching from our nation's infancy into our complicated present.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 80 pages
  • 137 x 210 x 6mm | 110g
  • Paddington, Australia
  • English
  • 1760620971
  • 9781760620974
  • 415,703

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WINNER OF: Best Drama and the Victorian Prize for Literature, Victorian Premiers Literary Awards (2017). Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting and Book of the Year, NSW Premier's Literary Awards (2017). Best New Australian Work, Sydney Theatre Awards (2016). Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwrights Award (2014)
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About Leah Purcell

LEAH PURCELL is a proud Goa-Gunggari-Wakka Wakka Murri woman from Queensland. She is an actor, writer and director. Her directing credits for Belvoir include Radiance (in which she also starred), Brothers Wreck and Don't Take Your Love to Town (which she also co-adapted and starred in). Her other theatre credits as an actor include, for Belvoir: The Dark Room, Stuff Happens, Parramatta Girls, The Marriage of Figaro, Box the Pony (which she also co-wrote); for Bell Shakespeare: King Lear; for STC: Blood Wedding; and for Griffin: The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table (with HotHouse Theatre). Purcell co-directed season one of the acclaimed ABC series Cleverman and has just completed directing a new 7 Network/Screentime series, The Secret Daughter. She is also known for her writing and directing across Redfern Now (series one and two), the children's TV series My Place, and the award-winning short films She.Say and Aunty Maggie and the Womba Wakgun. Her film and TV credits as an actor include Janet King, Black Comedy, Mary: The Making of a Princess, House of Hancock, Love Child, Last Cab to Darwin, The Darkside, My Mistress, Jindabyne, Lantana, Redfern Now, The Proposition, My Place, Love My Way, Starter Wife and Police Rescue. She is the best-selling author of the anthology Black Chicks Talking, which was turned into an IF Award-winning documentary. Purcell's other awards include the 2014 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award, a 2013 AACTA Award for Best Female Actor in a TV Drama, a Helpmann Award for Best Female Actor, Matilda Awards for Best Actress and Director, a Film Critics' Circle Award, an IF Award, two Actor of the Year and one Singer of the Year Deadly Awards, the inaugural Bob Maza Fellowship, and the prestigious Eisenhower Fellowship for her artistic endeavours, community philanthropy and cultural activism. Purcell is a proud member of Actors Equity.
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343 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
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4 39% (135)
3 19% (66)
2 4% (15)
1 3% (11)
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