The Secret River [Brisbane]
Monday February 29, 2016 - 6:30 PM
The Playhouse, QPAC
Corner of Melbourne and Grey Streets
South Bank, QLD
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About the Show
This stirring, ambitious adaptation of Kate Grenville’s award-winning novel, tells the powerful story of two families divided by culture and land.
William Thornhill arrives in New South Wales a convict from the slums of London. His family’s new home offers him something he hadn’t dare dream of: a place to call his own. On the banks of the Hawkesbury River, he plants a crop and lays claim to the soil in which it grows.
But the Hawkesbury is already home to another family. A family from the Dharug people. A family whose existence depends on that land. As Thornhill’s attachment to the land deepens, he is driven to a terrible decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.
Winner of six Helpmann Awards, including Best Play, Best Direction and Best New Australian Work, The Secret River was heralded as “a stunning, shattering piece of theatre that goes to the heart of our history” (The Sunday Telegraph).