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Issue Details: First known date: 2013... 2013 The Sovereign Wife
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'Moira and Connor O’Flaherty leave County Mayo for a better life in the Australian goldfields. But all they find in the harsh soil of Ballarat is poverty and heartbreak. As the Eureka flag is raised, Moira makes a terrible pact in order to save her family. The effects of this one night will be felt for generations.

'Spanning one hundred and fifty years of toil, hardship, and devastating et cetera, 'The Sovereign Wife' is one woman’s epic journey across our sunburnt country – from country Victoria all the way to the Simpson Desert. Taking inspiration from The Man From Snowy River, Baz Luhrmann’s Australia, and the spellbinding artwork of Ken Done, it is a wild bush-doof through our national identity.

'After vivisecting the Civil-War melodrama (Summertime in the Garden of Eden) and Evil-Child horror films (Little Mercy), DIY drag–theatre troupe SISTERS GRIMM are set to tackle their biggest challenge yet: the Great Australian Frontier Epic.

Notes

  • Cast

    Paul Blenheim

    Joseph Chetty

    Jason De Santis

    Ash Flanders

    Genevieve Giuffre

    Felix Ching Ching Ho

    Bessie Holland

    Morgan Maguire

    Peter Paltos

    Creatives

    Declan Greene – Director

    Ash Flanders and Declan Greene – Writers

    Romanie Harper – Set Designer

    Owen Phillips – Costume Design

    Jed Palmer – Sound Design and Composition

    Katie Sfetkidis – Lighting Design

    Nakkiah Lui – Dramaturgy

    Bek Berger – Producer

Production Details

  • Performed by the SISTERS GRIMM; 11–21 July 2013 at Southbank Theatre, The Lawler

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon Staging Queer Feminisms : Sexuality and Gender in Australian Performance, 2005-2015 Sarah French , Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan , 2017 14711798 2017 single work criticism

'This book examines sexuality, gender and race in Australia’s vibrant independent theatre and performance culture. It analyses selected feminist and queer performances that interrogate the cultural construction of sexuality and gender, challenge the normative trends of mainstream Australian society and culture and open up spaces for alternative representations of gender identity and sexual expression. Offering the first full-length study on sexuality and gender in Australian theatre since 2005, this book reveals a resurgence of feminist themes in independent performance and explores the intersection of feminist and queer politics. Ranging across drag, burlesque, cabaret, theatre and performance art, the book provides an accessible and engaging account of some of the most innovative, entertaining and politically subversive Australian theatrical works from the past decade.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Fresh Faces Inject Life into Theatre Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 July 2013; (p. 30)
Surprises of Sovereignty Chris Boyd , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald 15 July 2013 , 15 July 2013; (p. 12)

— Review of The Sovereign Wife Declan Greene , Ash Flanders , 2013 single work drama
Radical Romp Smells of the Future Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 July 2013; (p. 34)

— Review of The Sovereign Wife Declan Greene , Ash Flanders , 2013 single work drama
Queer Comics Take a Dig at Colonial Times John Bailey , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 July 2013; (p. 18)

— Review of The Sovereign Wife Declan Greene , Ash Flanders , 2013 single work drama
Queer Comics Take a Dig at Colonial Times John Bailey , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 July 2013; (p. 18)

— Review of The Sovereign Wife Declan Greene , Ash Flanders , 2013 single work drama
Radical Romp Smells of the Future Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 July 2013; (p. 34)

— Review of The Sovereign Wife Declan Greene , Ash Flanders , 2013 single work drama
Surprises of Sovereignty Chris Boyd , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald 15 July 2013 , 15 July 2013; (p. 12)

— Review of The Sovereign Wife Declan Greene , Ash Flanders , 2013 single work drama
Fresh Faces Inject Life into Theatre Cameron Woodhead , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 July 2013; (p. 30)
y separately published work icon Staging Queer Feminisms : Sexuality and Gender in Australian Performance, 2005-2015 Sarah French , Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan , 2017 14711798 2017 single work criticism

'This book examines sexuality, gender and race in Australia’s vibrant independent theatre and performance culture. It analyses selected feminist and queer performances that interrogate the cultural construction of sexuality and gender, challenge the normative trends of mainstream Australian society and culture and open up spaces for alternative representations of gender identity and sexual expression. Offering the first full-length study on sexuality and gender in Australian theatre since 2005, this book reveals a resurgence of feminist themes in independent performance and explores the intersection of feminist and queer politics. Ranging across drag, burlesque, cabaret, theatre and performance art, the book provides an accessible and engaging account of some of the most innovative, entertaining and politically subversive Australian theatrical works from the past decade.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

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