Image by Work Art Life Studios and Black Photography
by Jane Bodie, music and lyrics by Mark Seymour
In association with Playwriting Australia
13 November – 13 December (Previews 13 – 20 November)
Q&A Session following performance on Thursday 29 November
“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
Lamb was developed through the Red Stitch INK program, and presented in association with Playwriting Australia through Ignition.
Ignition is a 4-year creative script-development program in partnership with producing companies, which will increase the investment, range, ambition, diversity and quality of Australian playwriting, leading to new landmark productions. It seeks to extend the range, scale and diversity of works, providing necessary resources to develop scripts to an exceptional quality.
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.