Memorial by Alice Oswald | Brink Productions

‘Magnificent … transcendentally beautiful … unutterably moving’ 
★★★★ Limelight Magazine (Australia)

Memorial is a Brink/Barbican coproduction. It will tour to the Barbican in September 2018.

In this richly layered theatrical experience, Alice Oswald’s extraordinary poem is performed on a grand scale, brought to impassioned life inside 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, her voice conveying the voice of a god, of the elements, of time itself, and of a thousand lives caught in visceral 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 starlit sky.

Stripping much of 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, one that transcends time to explore profound themes. Her transformative text is embodied by one of Australia’s most celebrated actors, Helen Morse, joined here by an ensemble of singers and musicians. Directed by Brink Productions’s Chris Drummond, with choreography by Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz, the reflective, meditative and dynamic show stands as a requiem to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during conflict and war.

WHERE Barbican Theatre, London

WHEN 27-30 September, 2018


This project has been assisted 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’s Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Festival. This project is 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 Barbican and 1418 Now, WWI Centenary Art Commissions. Presented in association with Adelaide Festival Centre.

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
Dancers Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Lina Limosani and Larissa McGowan
Music Director Jonathan Peter Kenny
Musicians Jonathan Peter Kenny, Kelly McCusker, Melanie Pappenheim, Belinda Sykes and Tanja Tzarovska 
Producer Lee-Anne Donnolley