Lamb by Jane Bodie – On Demand

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Lamb by Jane Bodie – On Demand

Venue Online
Dates 30 October - 14 November 2021
Category Riverside Theatres Digital – On Demand

Riverside Theatres Digital presents
Red Stitch Actors’ Theatre & Critical Stages Touring
Music and Lyrics by Mark Seymour

A play about family, the land and being the one who stays, with original music by Mark Seymour.

“Sometimes people leave, they go away and you don’t see them anymore. And then sometimes they come back.”

From multi-award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, and featuring original songs by Mark Seymour (Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Hunters and Collectors), Lamb is the story of one family on an Australian sheep farm, over generations – the guilt of those who left; the lost desires of those who stayed behind.

“You left a trail of broken bread, Across the old battle ground Behind the veil of the living and the dead, You wrote your secrets down.”

Developed through Red Stitch’s INK program, Lamb is a new Australian play full of lyrical longing and humour. It is a story of the land, and of lies told and secrets kept to protect those we love – and to stop them from leaving us.

“Bodie’s writing is both funny and stunningly lyrical…honest human and true.” – Irish Times

“[Seymour’s] songs grow on you like a landscape, from the back of a flatbed, sun on your skin and the sky vast above you.” – Daily Review

Book tickets on this page for the On Demand offering on YouTube. If you’re looking for the Online Watch Party offering click here.

Performance Warnings
This performance contains moderate language and adult content.
Recommended for ages 15+

How You Can Access
The performance will be accessible On Demand into your home. Please note, the performance date & time listed on the bookings page is the end date for this On Demand show. The link will be available from Saturday 30 October at 10am – Sunday 14 November 2021 at 10pm only, on YouTube. This show is a streamed experience, and will not be available to view online after the event.

There is no transaction fee for this performance.

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Written By Jane Bodie
Director Julian Meyrick
Music & Lyrics Mark Seymour
Dramaturgs Ella Caldwell & Iain Sinclair
Set & Costume Design Greg Clarke
Lighting Design Efterpi Soropos
Sound Design Justin Gardam
Cast Includes Brigid Gallacher, Emily Goddard, Darcy Kent

“One of the smartest and most moving plays that I’ve seen in quite some time…. This play needs to be performed all over the country. It is now ready to rock and roll, it must be programmed across the nation. Its a wonderful wonderful play, it will work in the big theatres, it will work in the regions. It’s flawlessly directed by Julian Meyrick.” – Michael Cathcart, The Stage Show

★★★★ “…elegantly crafted three-hander delivers intimate and textured domestic drama, drawing an intricate study of grief…Director Julian Meyrick composes everything at a gentle pace, combining an elegiac stage picture, Seymour’s music, and sympathetic portrayals,”  – The Age

“Insightful and moving, her (Bodie’s) depiction of her characters sharpened by their sadness, anger and love.”  Stage Whispers

“…simply beautiful storytelling…flawless and inseparably outstanding actors…highlights just how good, good writing can be…Lamb feels like a privilege and it will long linger as an absolute heart-warming joy…” – Australian Stag

“…the most heartbreaking and fascinating of family portraits…sinks deep into your skin and remains well after you leave…one of the most moving and fascinating pieces of theatre that has played on a Melbourne stage this year.”  Theatre Press

“The songs (music and lyrics Mark Seymour) throughout underpin the story. And they’re beautiful. And beautifully performed…a fragile, beautiful piece” – Daily Review

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Ticket Prices

Riverside Members: Individual $12.50
Non-Members: Individual $15
Household Group $18