By Alice Oswald, Brink Productions
Presented by Adelaide Festival
THEATRE / AUSTRALIA
In this richly layered theatrical experience, T. S. Eliot Prize winner Alice Oswald’s powerful poem is performed on a grand scale, embodied by one of Australia’s most celebrated actors Helen Morse, alongside Golden Globe nominated composer Jocelyn Pook’s transporting, otherworldly score.
Out of the darkness, a vast field of bodies emerges. At the centre of this universe, a woman stands as storyteller, conveying the voice of a god, of the elements, of time itself, and of a thousand lives caught in ever-affecting moments of war. All the while, a 215-strong community chorus moves as a haunting and uplifting presence across the stage, which evolves from battlefield to meadow to empty starlit sky.
Stripping the narrative from the Iliad, Oswald’s Memorial is an intense and urgent elegy for each of the 215 dead soldiers named in Homer’s epic. Directed by Brink Productions’ Chris Drummond and choreographed by Circa’s Yaron Lifschitz, Memorial is a reflective, meditative and dynamic requiem to all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice during conflict and war. You can’t miss this major Australian theatre event in its world premiere season.
Concept Chris Drummond and Yaron Lifschitz
Director Chris Drummond
Actor Helen Morse
Composer Jocelyn Pook
Movement Yaron Lifschitz
Design Michael Hankin
Costumes Renate Henschke
Lighting Nigel Levings
Sound Jane Rossetto
Associate Director Benjamin Knapton
Music Director Jonathan Peter Kenny
Producer Lee-Anne Donnolley
Chorus Masters Christie Anderson and Carol Young
Featuring Aurora and The Festival Statesmen
★★★★★ Oswald has achieved a miraculous feat. The Telegraph UK
This project is supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Major Festivals Initiative in association with the Confederation of Australian International Arts Festivals Inc., Adelaide Festival, Brisbane Festival and Melbourne Festival.
This project has been supported by the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Arts and Culture Fund. This project is assisted by Arts SA - Independent Makers and Presenters - Major Commissions Fund.
This project is co-commissioned by the 14-18 NOW: WWI Centenary Art Commissions, UK, and the Barbican.
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