WATERMARK

by Alana Valentine

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WATERMARK

by Alana Valentine

Watermark is a chronicle of both the physical and psychological devastation of flood in the Northern Territory town of Katherine on January 26, 1998. Based on written and oral testimony from flood survivors, the play evokes the power and torment of flood damage in a small town - the tensions and grief, the friendships and kindnesses, the fears and losses. Held together by a beautiful poetic narration that personifies the river as it swells and swamps, Watermark was originally performed in Katherine on the 10th Anniversary of the emergency. Watermark takes the audience on an immersive experience, so that we can almost smell the mud and see the struggling, drowning wildlife in the swollen Katherine River. Uplifting, moving and very funny, Watermark is a testament to both the fragility and endurance of community in times of hardship. Winner of the AWGIE for Best Community Play in 2009, Watermark is being revived at the Katherine Festival and Darwin Festival in August 2010.

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