Riverside Theatres presents
Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra
Iron in the Blood
A musical adaptation of Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore
A captivating, award-winning musical production exploring the rich tapestry of Australia’s colonial past. Featuring music by jazz saxophonist-composer Jeremy Rose and his 17-piece Earshift Orchestra, the project is inspired by and features text from Robert Hughes’ seminal work The Fatal Shore, read by two narrators, Michael Cullen and Patrick Dickson.
Iron in the Blood provides an opportunity to explore Hughes’ masterpiece with a musical narrative that creates a rich fabric of perspective, from evocations of Australian natural beauty to the folksong of the colonialists. Composed and conducted by Rose, the work is brought to life by a stellar 17-piece orchestra, drawn from Rose’s colleagues from both Sydney and Melbourne, described by Paul Grabowsky in his liner notes to the album, as an “ensemble comprising some of the most creative improvisers of the new generation”.
“Harrowing history told by a bold, emerging Aussie voice. Individual performances and sound are excellent, and the narrations are enjoyable both on a theatrical and educational level. Rose has really honoured this awful chapter in our country’s history.”
★★★★½ LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE – Andrew Aronowicz
“Australia’s early history is expertly portrayed in 11 tracks of uniquely blended narrative documentary and jazz composition. From the First Fleet’s arrival in 1788 through until Hughes’ words of summation, this documentary holds the attention on both musical and descriptive levels…. The music enlivens and dramatises the narrative, which at times is fearful and cruel and is occasionally uplifting, but the orchestrations always add depictions and dramatic illustration to this absorbing documentary.”
★★★★★ THE AUSTRALIAN NEWSPAPER – John McBeath
Date & Time
Sunday 23 September at 4pm