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Australian Classical Theatre - a scene from The Drover's Wife

Review: Colac Otway Shire Council

The Bard of the Bush comes to COPACC

Three actors and a harmonica-playing musician will bring Henry Lawson’s The Drover’s Wife and The Bush Undertaker to life with great theatrical style at COPACC at 11am on Tuesday, July 11.

Henry Lawson is regarded as Australian’s finest poet, writing of the pioneering life of typical bush people.

COPACC Manager Karen Patterson said The Drover’s Wife and the Bush Undertaker were stories about ordinary people struggling to live off the land.

‘This play is a beautifully crafted, highly visual piece of ensemble theatre,’ Ms Patterson said.

‘The three actors will play a fantastic array of characters, from the courageous wife to dogs and a goanna, accompanied by a harmonica-playing musician.

‘Petty Traffikers’ productions are completely true to Lawson and follow every word penned by the Bard of the Bush.’

Director Stewart Morritt describes the plays as theatrically vibrant, moving and entertaining.

‘Of all the tales of this land, The Drover’s Wife is the most iconic Australian story—you’ve got the metaphor of the snake, and the wife who is part of the Australian psyche,’ Mr Morritt said.

‘It’s one of the best stories ever written by an Australian.

‘When people come to see these plays they love the dog and the fact that an actor can play two different dogs.

‘They’re genuinely moved by the plight of the Drover’s Wife and they find the bush Undertaker really quite funny.’