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In these troubled times, when the world feels on the edge of war, Alice Oswald’s Memorial stands as an urgent call to attention. To reflect on the potential horror of conflict. To avoid a tragedy.
Out of the darkness, a vast field of bodies emerges. At the centre, a woman stands as storyteller; the voice and heart of a god, the elements, time itself, and of a thousand lives caught in war.
In this richly layered, epic theatrical experience, the legendary Helen Morse brings impassioned life to Oswald’s exquisite elegy for each of the 215 dead soldiers named in Homer’s Iliad. Golden Globe nominee Jocelyn Pook’s other-worldly score, performed by an extraordinary ensemble of international musicians, wraps around the work.
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.
“The performance of Helen Morse in this production is simply extraordinary. She gives voice to the entire poem, demonstrating the reason she is one of Australia’s most acclaimed stage performers.” INDAILY
Poet Alice Oswald
Concept Chris Drummond & Yaron Lifschitz
Composer Jocelyn Pook
Director Chris Drummond
Movement Yaron Lifschitz
Set Design Michael Hankin
Costumes Renate Henschke
Lighting Nigel Levings
Sound Jane Rossetto
Associate Director/Associate Movement Director Benjamin Knapton
Music Director Jonathan Peter Kenny
Producer Lee-Anne Donnolley (Far & Away Productions)
Actor Helen Morse
Cello Monique Clare
Harp, soprano Loni Fitzpatrick
Counter tenor Jonathan Peter Kenny
Clarinet, accordion Jarrod Linke
Violin, soprano Kelly McCusker
Mezzo soprano Melanie Pappenheim
Double bass Annie Silva
Oboe, shawm, recorders, gralla, Bulgarian singer Belinda Sykes
Macedonian singer Tanja Tzarovska
Viola Kieran Welch
Featuring Exaudi Australis and the Queensland Festival Chorus with the Vocal Manoeuvres Academy Youth Ensemble, singers from Cheap Trill and Access Arts.
Chorus Master Alison Rogers
Dancers Tobiah Booth-Remmers, Lina Limosani,
The Soldier Chorus
THE SOLDIER CHORUS
Rex Ablett, Coralie-Ann Airens-Wilmot, Gulnoza Akhmedova, Abigail Anderson, India Anderson, Melissa Anderson, Prudence Arango, Georgina Austin, Robert Baker, Ava Bampton, Sophie Bannister, Deborah Barrett, Peter Barrett, Emma Bell, Thea Biesheuvel, Isabella Bolton, Rance Boreham, Aleasha Bould, Anna Bowden, Stephen Brierley, Vivien Broadbent, Mary-Helen Buchan, Eulla Cadoo-Dagley, Niamh Cadoo-Dagley, Deborah Callaghan, Moana Campbell-Rogers, Vivian Cao, Aria Carlos, Zoe Carlos, Hannah Carpenter, Eve Carroll, Phoebe Carroll Campbell, Duane Cavanagh, Julie Chatel, Chelsea Chua, Jamie Coburn, Serena Coghlan, Nefeli Cook, Amy Cooker, Kay Cooper, Emmi Cosgrove, Raymond Cosgrove, Vicki Costantini, Lucinda Cowle, Chris Crane, Sharon Cross, Alana Cummins, Taylah Curtin, Emma Cutler, Taty da Silva Sodre, Caitlin Dacron, Phil Dahlenburg, Aarya Dath, Fiona David, Sherryn Davies, Jay Deagon, Bryce Delany, Caitlin Deuchars, Lynda Devitt, Jessica Dick, Katrina Drake, Jane Eastwood, Michelle Ebzery, Felix Egger, Hamish Elliot, Kelsey Ellen, Hannah Errey, Mary Evans, Georgia Fisher, Elizabeth Fitchett, Megan Fowler, Catherine Gilmour, Nicola Gray, Candice Green, Prarabdhi Gyawali, Marita Hanlon, Kerrie Harth, Erica Henderson, Giaan Hoffman, Rebecca Holdorf, Lucy Hood, Joshua Hughes, Emily Hunt, Amanda Hurley, Caitlin Hurtado, Beth Incognito, Ashley Joliffe, Kas Kastrissios, Stephanie Keay, Lisa Kibunja, Peter Krenske, Kalisi Latusela, Nigel Lau, Jessica Laughton Smith, Harry Lay, Sally Lee, Deborah Joy Leigh-Russell, Rebecca Lepahe, Isabella Lightfoot, Elizabeth Lim, Edie Linaker, Elizabeth Long, Sebastian Lonton, Vanessa Lonton, Skye Lyons, Anya MacDonald, Miranda MacDonald, Felicity MacKay, Nicole MacKay, Ella Macrokanis, Phoenix Macrokanis, Michael Maggs, Michelle Mai, Lubba Malecky, Alicia Marsden, Nikki Mau, Cameron McAndrew, Michael McCrystal, William McFarlane, John McGrath, Oliver McIntosh, Amber-Jane McMahon, Ian McWilliam, Luke Mears, Hunter Mills, Carys Moroney, Chloe Mudie, Hamish Mudie, Hugo Mudie, Andrew Neilson, Pierre Nicol, Alice Night, David Norton, Sierra Olave, Nerida O'Shea, Menita Overton, Bettina Partridge, Christopher Perlinski, Zak Phillips, Lesley Phillips, Charlotte Pilch, Catriona Pine, Maurice Peckman, Hannah Porritt, Hadeed Pourshafighi, Yasmin Powell, Meryl Power, Rebekah Qleibo, Jay Radford, Catherine Ramsey, Bray Ritchie, Andrew Robinson, Jordan Robinson, Kate Robinson, Louise Robinson, Sally Robinson, Sophia Robinson, Moana Rogers, Nicholas Russell, Katelyn Ryan, Pauline Ryder-Smith, Polynn Salon, Adham Samman, Tanya Sarapa, Jeremy Saywell, Horst Schirra, Hugo Scott, Kaija Scott, Kristian Scott, Zoe Seeley, Michael Sepelini, Sally Shan, Robbie Sinclair, Priscilla Sizer, Riley Slatter, Caitlin Stark, Charlie Stewart, Jayden Stubbs, Katelyn Suschinsky, Mabel Tamone, Coralie Tapper, Vivienne Timmermans, Lauren Towns, Natasha Townson, Irene Tsai, Hessa Tukiauha, Ann Uldridge, Margaret Vellnagel, Aaliyah Villar, Paige Villar, Sascha Vosper, Wendy Wallin, Daniel Wang, Kate Watkins, Ripley Welsh, Gemma West, Alicia Whisson, Sophie Whitecross, Megan Winsen, Andre Wium, Dorothy Young, Samantha Young, Olivia Zhang, Jazz Zhou
This project is supported 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 through the Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festival Inc., Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Festival. This project has been 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 14-18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commissions (UK) and the Barbican.
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