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Memorial

By Alice Oswald
Brink Productions

World Premiere

  • About

    In this richly layered theatrical experience, T. S. Eliot Prize winner Alice Oswald’s powerful poem is performed on a grand scale, embodied by one of Australia’s most celebrated actors Helen Morse, alongside Golden Globe nominated composer Jocelyn Pook’s transporting, otherworldly score.

    Out of the darkness, a vast field of bodies emerges. At the centre of this universe, a woman stands as storyteller, conveying the voice of a god, of the elements, of time itself, and of a thousand lives caught in ever-affecting moments of war. All the while, a 215-strong community chorus moves as a haunting and uplifting presence across the stage, which evolves from battlefield to meadow to empty starlit sky.

    Stripping the narrative from the Iliad, Oswald’s Memorial is an intense and urgent elegy for each of the 215 dead soldiers named in Homer’s epic. Directed by Brink Productions’ Chris Drummond and choreographed by Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz, Memorial is a reflective, meditative and dynamic requiem to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during conflict and war. You can’t miss this major Australian theatre event in its world premiere season.


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  • Credits

    Concept Chris Drummond and Yaron Lifschitz
    Director Chris Drummond
    Actor Helen Morse
    Composer Jocelyn Pook
    Movement Yaron Lifschitz
    Design Michael Hankin
    Costumes Renate Henschke
    Lighting Nigel Levings
    Sound Jane Rossetto
    Associate Director Benjamin Knapton
    Music Director Jonathan Peter Kenny
    Producer Lee-Anne Donnolley

    Chorus Masters Christie Anderson and Carol Young

    Featuring Aurora and The Festival Statesmen

    This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
    This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Festival.
    This project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund.
    This project is assisted by Arts SA - Independent Makers and Presenters - Major Commissions Fund.
    This project is co-commissioned by the 14-18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commissions, UK, and the Barbican.

    Image Shane Reid

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