23–28 July, 7pm
Matinee 26 and 28 July, 2pm
Duration 1 hour 20 mins (no interval)
The only death to fear is the death of love.
A unique adaptation of Australia’s towering literary genius and Nobel Prize recipient Patrick White’s Down at the Dump.
Actors, musicians and audience share a unique theatre experience in a transformed performance space in the Black Box Theatre with everyone sitting in a circle of burnt earth beneath a vast canvas of Australian sky.
The Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the outrageous Daise Morrow, a free spirit whose youthful romantic exploits scandalised the staid residents of her tiny Australian town.
A gorgeous, sensory evocation of Patrick White’s Australia, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is brutally funny, profound in its understanding of human nature, the complications of compassion and the majesty of love. This rich theatrical adaptation keeps all the wit, scathing insight and wonderful humour of the book and transforms it into something new.
Accompanied with haunting live music performed by the sublime Zephyr Quartet.
In association with Far and Away Productions.
Backstage at the Festival 24 July
Post-show talk with the company. Moderator, Marianne Kennedy, NUI Galway.
‘Visually captivating, splendidly lucid stage adaptation’The Australian
‘Excellent... Drummond’s staging is masterful.’In Daily, Australia