NORPA, Brisbane festival and belloo creative present


Celebrate the grit and daring of Australian women.

By Katherine Lyall-Watson

Directed by Caroline Dunphy


Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this rigorous and poetic work resonates with audiences of all ages.

Rovers is a contemporary comedy-drama and a nimble two-hander that has audiences laughing, crying and celebrating the grit and daring of women trailblazers.

Intrepid performers Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing get behind the wheel and navigate the audience into risky terrain, journeying through the heart line of their lives and into the hilarious misadventures of the women who made them who they are today.

Come on this epic adventure with two of your best-loved actors in the rough and tumble of multiple stories and characters.

Photo by Cinnamon Smith

Photo by Cinnamon Smith

making rovers

We created Rovers to showcase the exceptional talents of Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald.

Roxy and Barb have been working in theatre and film nationally and internationally for over 30 years and have wanted to do another show together for the last 20.

Some sections of Rovers are taken verbatim from interviews with Barb and Roxy, some have been written from imagination, and some are created from research into Australia’s bushranging women.

Roxy and Barb helped shape the text into their own voices.

We are deeply grateful to Roxy, Barb, Kirk Page and Nadine McDonald-Dowd for their involvement in the early drafts of Rovers.


Writer / Katherine Lyall-Watson
Director / Caroline Dunphy
Starring / Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing
Vocal Artist / Kirk Page
Composer & Sound Designer / Dane Alexander
Lighting Designer / Christine Felmingham
Set Designer / Jonathan Shankey & Caroline Dunphy
Costume Design / Oscar Hannah Clark
Cultural Consultant / Nadine McDonald-Dowd
Dramaturg / Kathryn Kelly
Producer / Danielle Shankey
Sound Design Intern / Isabella Hall
Videography & Performance / Joel Kishinevsky & Michael Tuahine
Technical Manager & Projection Designer / Jeremy Gordon
Production Manager / Peter Cossar
Community Engagement / Emily Coleman
Marketing / Cinnamon Smith


Rovers was developed with the support of NORPA and premiered at NORPA on 17 August 2018.

Belloo Creative is supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland.

Rovers is proudly supported by Creative Sparks. The Creative Sparks Fund is a partnership between the Queensland Government and Brisbane City Council to support local arts and culture in Brisbane.

This project is supported by YWCA Queensland.

Kathryn Kelly’s role supported by Queensland University of Technology. 

This project was supported by Queensland Theatre through the provision of in-kind venues.

This is theatre at its best.
— Australian Stage
“I remain gobsmacked, with lingering scenes, words and music still rattling around my brain. I want to witness it all over again!”
— Australian Stage
“Thank you for bringing the stories of these women to the stage I didn’t know I needed it until I saw it”
— Anonymous Audience Survey

“under Caroline Dunphy’s direction, the hour-long share of outback tales of trailblazing women flies by as audience imaginations are invigorated and inspired”
— Blue Curtains Brisbane
“sincere and completely charming”
— XS Entertainment
“Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald are resplendent in Rovers”
— Stage Whispers