Past Season

THE ASPIRATIONS OF DAISE MORROW

A word for word adaptation of Patrick White’s short story Down at the Dump, featuring Zephyr Quartet.

Actors, musicians and audience share the space in a circle of burnt earth beneath a canvas Australian sky. The work shifts and swirls, drawing the audience into the sensual immediacy of a strangely familiar world – the suburb of Barranugli – where the Whalley family are getting ready for a day at the dump, while next door the Hogbens prepare to bury the scandalous Daise Morrow.

Australia’s towering literary genius Patrick White had a well-documented love for the theatre. His language is pure performance and we tap into its power.  There is no sentimentality here. Brutally funny, profound in its understanding of human nature, and filled with magic and wonder.

CREATIVES
Writer
Patrick White
Director
Chris Drummond
Designer Michael Hankin
Lighting Designer Nigel Levings
Musical Director Hilary Kleinig
Composers Belinda Gehlert, Emily Tulloch, Jason Thomas, Hilary Kleinig

CAST
Paul Blackwell, Lucy Lehmann, Kris McQuade, James Smith + Zephyr Quartet

‘Visually captivating, splendidly lucid stage adaptation’ The Australian

‘Intimate, delightful and moving, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is a fascinating exposition of White’s mighty love story set in a quirky world where opposites attract.’ Limelight

‘This innovative and visceral production captures all the unmistakeable uniqueness of Australian life circa 1950s, at the edge of town, at the edge of poverty and at the edge of convention.’  The Clothesline

‘The Aspirations Of Daise Morrow is an intelligent, sensitive, thought provoking and at times surprisingly funny examination of the ripple effect that a death can have upon the lives of those left behind, especially in a tightly-knit small town environment.’ Stagewhispers

‘Altogether a unique and intimate experience which lifts the mundane and the inevitable to another plane of understanding.’  AussieTheatre

‘This latest play by Adelaide outfit Brink Productions manages to tick a lot of boxes: innovative production, hilarious yet heartfelt script, top-notch acting talent, live musical accompaniment, award-winning set and lighting designers working their magic. Look, let’s just go ahead and stamp this one with ‘GREAT PLAY’.’ TREv

‘Central to the success of this beautifully crafted production is the music performed and jointly composed by Hilary Kleinig, Jason Thomas, Emily Tulloch and Belinda Gehlert of the Zephyr Quartet. From the playful pizzicato opening to the mellifluous Michael Nyman-esque loops of melody, they add a tenderness and warmth to the proceedings that serves Chris Drummond’s alchemic purpose.’ The Australian

‘Under the exceptional direction of Chris Drummond, the actors orbit the musicians, weaving and marching between our seats.’ Limelight

‘Michael Hankin’s in-the-round set, harmoniously lit by Nigel Levings, is a gorgeous, sensory evocation of White’s Australia. The feel, ultimately, is a communal one, warm and welcoming, like a town hall gathering to which we’ve all been invited to discuss some pleasingly unimportant matter.’ The Australian Book Review

‘Following the superlative, award-winning litany of productions of his career so far, this lovely lull of Australiana cements the belief that Brink artistic director, Chris Drummond, is the genius theatre mind of our time.’ The Barefoot Review

‘The excellent actors share White’s salty, funny, deftly poetic narrative and morph their way through a cavalcade of characters and caricatures. Paul Blackwell is both easygoing Wal and the prim Myrtle, ropeable and mystified by her rebellious sister. Kris McQuade takes us from the cheery Mrs Whalley to Councillor Hogben in his pork pie hat. Lucy Lehmann captures Meg’s schoolgirl innocence and the vivacious elan of Daise, draped in her raffish shawl. As Lummy and Daise’s one true mourner, Ossie, James Smith is also outstanding.’ The Australian

‘Paul Blackwell, Kris McQuade, Lucy Lehmann, and James Smith seamlessly transition between narrative and multiple characters, displaying phenomenal theatrical agility whilst delivering White’s genius one-liners with flawless pace and poignancy.’ Limelight


10 - 24 October 2015

Space Theatre
Adelaide Festival Centre


We acknowledge that the land on which we live, and work is the  traditional land of the Kaurna people and pay our respects to their  Elders - past, present and future. Brink supports the Uluru Statement from the Heart and enshrining a Voice to Parliament in the Constitution. 

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