Memorial by Alice Oswald|Brink Productions

Memorial by Alice Oswald|Brink Productions

Memorial by Alice Oswald | Brink Productions

“The Iliad is an important poem to me because I believe the soldiers it mentions were real people. It has always, I think, been read as an heroic epic rather than a lament. It would be wonderful if we could bring out this other, quieter Iliad in a new performance – in commemoration of the 1418 war as well as the wars at Troy and elsewhere.” Alice Oswald

Memorial is a Brink/Barbican co-production of ‘epic’ proportions that will have its world premiere in the 2018 Adelaide Festival. 

Memorial is Brink’s biggest undertaking in its 21-year history. In the same year that it launches Brink onto the world stage at one of the world’s leading cultural institutions in London, the Barbican Centre, Memorial will be presented at three major Australian festivals.

Conceived, commissioned, developed, created and premiered from and in South Australia, this grand theatrical vision will boast acclaimed local, national and international artists gathered together in an innovative multi-artform collaboration that will incorporate momentous community engagement including the incredible voices of Aurora - Young Adelaide Voices - Senior Vocal Ensemble -  conducted by Christie Anderson and The Festival Statesmen Chorus.

Where: Dunstan Playhouse Adelaide Festival Centre

When: Preview: Thu 1 Mar, 8pm | Season: Fri 2 Mar, 8pm | Sat 3 Mar, 1pm & 8pm | Sun 4 Mar, 2pm | Tue 6 Mar, 11am & 7.30pm.

Tickets: Preview $69, Friends of AF $59, Concession $55, Under 30 $30 | Season $79, Friends of AF $67, Concession $64, Under 30 $35 | Schools pricing available | Transaction fees apply
Book at BASS

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.



Memorial by Alice Oswald | Brink Productions

Concept Chris Drummond and Yaron Lifschitz
Director Chris Drummond
Actor Helen Morse
Movement Yaron Lifschitz
Composer Jocelyn Pook
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

Choirs Aurora & The Festival Statesman | Chorus Master Christie Anderson | Choral Consultant Carol Young



Volunteer Policy

Through consultation with volunteer involving organisations in the not for profit sector and reference to the National Standards for Volunteer Involvement (2015), Brink Productions has developed some standards for volunteer involvement which represent and explain the tenets of ‘best practice’ in the management of volunteers.

Definition of Volunteering

Volunteering is work which:

  • Is of benefit to the individual and the community and to the agency or organisation to which the work or service is provided (in this case Brink Productions);
  • Is done of one’s own free will; and
  • Is done without monetary reward.


In engaging volunteers who provide work and/or services to Brink Productions shall:

  • Interview and engage volunteer staff in accordance with anti discrimination and equal opportunity legislation;
  • not place volunteer staff in roles that were previously held by paid staff or have been identified as paid jobs;
  • differentiate between paid and unpaid roles;
  • define volunteer roles and develop clear job descriptions;
  • ensure volunteers are not required to take up additional work during industrial dispute or paid staff shortage;
  • acknowledge the rights of volunteer staff;
  • ensure that the work of volunteer staff complements but does not undermine the work of paid staff;
  • ensure that volunteer tasks are useful, meaningful and not exploitative of volunteers;
  • treat volunteer staff as valuable team members, and advise them of the opportunities to participate in agency decisions;
  • acknowledge the contributions of volunteer staff.
  • explain to volunteers Brink Productions objectives, roles and functions; and consider and balance the interests of paid and volunteer staff

Volunteer entitlements and responsibilities

Brink Productions shall:

  • provide volunteer staff with a clear understanding of organisational expectations, as well as entitlements, before they begin.
  • provide volunteer staff with a clear description of tasks to be performed, orientation and training and resources as required to effectively fulfil tasks and appropriate supervision.
  • provide volunteer staff with a healthy and safe workplace and provide to the volunteer, access to Brink Productions OHS&W policies and procedures.
  • provide Volunteer Insurance in accordance with the Commissioner for Public Employment Public Sector Management Act Determination No 27;
  • provide appropriate levels of support and management for volunteer staff;
  • provide volunteers with a copy of policies pertaining to volunteer staff;
  • ensure personal records relating to individual volunteers will remain confidential;
  • ensure that all volunteers are aware of their rights and responsibilities under the equal opportunity legislation;
  • consult with volunteers in relation to any decisions, which may affect them.

Payments to Volunteers

Volunteering is generally unpaid, and entered into without expectation of financial reward. However, occasionally payments are made to volunteers in the form of reimbursements, allowances and honoraria.

Responsibility for the Program

The General Manager is ultimately responsible for the coordination of volunteer placement. The Volunteer Co-ordinator will take day-to-day responsibility for the implementation and coordination of volunteer involvement.

For more information see National Standards for Volunteers 2015