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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.
Alice Oswald’s Memorial is an exquisite elegy for each of the 215 dead soldiers named in Homer’s Iliad.
In this richly layered, epic theatrical experience, the legendary Helen Morse brings impassioned life to Oswald’s words inside an other-worldly score by Golden Globe nominee Jocelyn Pook (Eyes Wide Shut), performed by an extraordinary ensemble of international musicians.
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
Cast & Creatives
Poet Alice Oswald
Concept Chris Drummond and Yaron Lifschitz
Director Chris Drummond
Actor Helen Morse
Composer Jocelyn Pook
Movement Yaron Lifschitz
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
Conductor/counter tenor Jonathan Peter Kenny
Oboe/reed Belinda Sykes
Mezzo Soprano/bells Melanie Pappenheim
Macedonian vocalist/bells Tanja Tzarovska
Violin/bells/soprano Kelly McCusker
Dancers Larissa McGowan, Lina Limosani, Tobiah Booth-Remmers
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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Preview - Fri 7 Sept 7.30pm
Brisbane Times Festival Conversations after performance - Sat 8 Sept 1.30pm
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