by Leah Purcell


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by Leah Purcell

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.


AWGIE Awards: Stage AND David Williamson Prize AND Major award (2017)

Helpmann Awards: Best Play AND Best New Australian Work (2017)

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards: Best Drama AND Victorian Prize for Literature (2017)

NSW Premier's Literary Awards: Nick Enright Prize for Playwriting AND Book of the Year (2017)

Sydney Theatre Awards: Best New Australian Work (2016)

Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award (2014)

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