Brisbane Festival, Philip Bacon Galleries and Queensland Performing Arts Centre present


QPAC - Playhouse
07 - 09 Sep



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by Alice Oswald
Brink Productions (AUS)

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



Use of haze effects. Suitable for audiences 12+ years.
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Preview - Fri 7 Sept 7.30pm

Brisbane Times Festival Conversations after performance - Sat 8 Sept 1.30pm 

Duration : 105 minutes

$52 - $69 + Booking fee

All preview tickets $50

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QPAC - Playhouse

Corner Grey and Melbourne Streets
Queensland Performing Arts Centre
South Bank
QLD 4101

Wheelchair accessible, assistive listening available
Getting There

Catch an Uber to your event! First-time riders can use code BRISFEST18 for up to $20 off their trip.

Parking: Paid car parks at QPAC and South Bank Parklands
Bus: Cultural Centre busway station
Train: South Brisbane train station
Ferry: South Bank ferry terminal
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