MOTHERLAND Accolades & Reviews


MOTHERLAND is a play about three remarkable real women based on the incredible true story of Nell Tritton, a Brisbane socialite who married Russia’s deposed Prime Minister, Alexander Kerensky, and helped him escape from the Nazis during the Second World War. This is gripping contemporary theatre, weaving stories of belonging, love and loss that span decades, continents and world wars.

WINNER Best Independent Production, Matilda Awards
WINNER Best Overall Production, Groundling Awards
WINNER Barbara Lowing, Gold Matilda Award AND Groundling Award
FINALIST Patrick White Playwrights’ Award

Motherland is the most beautifully crafted and intelligently delivered story you’ll see on stage this year. Its passion and fierce beauty will stay with you long after you leave the theatre.
— Xanthe Coward, XS Entertainment April 2016
... In your face melodrama...
— Martin Buzacott, The Australian April 2016
... the audience is treated to an impressive tapestry of the human experience, with all its quirky twists and turns, which makes life so unpredictable…The playwright, cast and director Caroline Dunphy have done a fine job in taking an interesting real-life personal history out of the Brisbane story and turning it into a compelling piece of theatre.
— Douglas Kennedy, Hush Hush Biz April 2016
This new production of Katherine Lyall-Watson’s play is a beautiful piece of work in every possible way. It is a finely crafted script that melds perfectly from character to character, time-frame to time-frame and country to country... I must say here that all five of the actors were superb... The play was first performed in 2013 to acclaim and now, after more work and a new technical team, the script comes to life in a new way. It is one of the best plays I have seen in a while.
— Eric Scott, Absolute Theatre April 2016
The best plays sweep you up, visually and emotionally, and drop you down amongst the action. They’re so engaging you can’t escape. They’re so spectacular you don’t want to. The newest production on my Best Plays list is the phenomenal ‘Motherland’. ... High-energy, entertaining and emotionally stirring.
— Weekend Notes.

Cast: Barbara Lowing, Kerith Atkinson, Peter Cossar, Daniel Murphy & Rebecca Riggs. Photos by Jackie Ryan.


MOTHERLAND is possible thanks to support from: Queensland Theatre Company, The Queensland government, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Metro Arts & Brisbane City Council. MOTHERLAND’s first production was in October 2013 at Metro Arts, Brisbane, where it was co-produced by Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo. 

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