Shortlisted for the Sydney Theatre Company's Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, MOTHERLAND is a tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity – a finely-crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics.
Sweeping through the Russian Revolution, World War II, and Brisbane history, Motherland is an epic new work of historical fiction, informed by actual events.
Three women, exiled from their homelands, find their lives are woven together across continents and decades. Nell Tritton, the Brisbane wife of a deposed Russian prime minister forms a close friendship with Nina Berberova, who is exiled in Paris. The woman who would tell their story is Alyona, a Russian curator whose dreams of a new Australian paradise are crushed by bankruptcy and the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
2013 (FIRST) PRODUCTION
MOTHERLAND's first production was from Wednesday 30 October to Saturday 16 November 2013 at Metro Arts, Brisbane. It featured the following cast and creatives:
PLAYWRIGHT: Katherine Lyall-Watson
DIRECTOR: Caroline Dunphy
CAST: Kerith Atkinson, Peter Cossar, Barbara Lowing, Daniel Murphy And Rebecca Riggs.
SET DESIGNER: Annie Robertson
LIGHTING DESIGNER: David Walters
COMPOSER & SOUND DESIGNER: Dane Alexander
DRAMATURG: Kathryn Kelly
PRODUCER: Danielle Shankey
ASSISTANT PRODUCER: Madeline Römcke
MOTHERLAND'S first production at Metro Arts, Brisbane, was co-produced by Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo.