ABOUT WATER INTO WINE
Written by award-winning
Australian writer Craig Christie (eurobeat - the eurovision musical, Crusade,
After the Beep), Water Into Wine is a musical drama about the
aspirations of Sunraysia's
horticultural farmers or 'blockies' and their ongoing relationship with the
Murray River - primarily told through the voices and memories of Sunraysia's
women across three generations.
Commissioned by the SunRISE
21 Artists in Industry project, Water Into Wine is drawn from the true stories
of women in the Sunraysia area of Australia. Many families were
transported there by their menfolk who dreamed of dragging crops out of the
harsh landscape. The stories are spread over generations and are presented
as a series of snapshots rather than as a narrative, each short story being
augmented by song.
"I wanted to discover what such a diverse
community of growers and horticulturalists shared", says Christie, "not only
with each other, but with the wider community. What came out of the
anecdotes I collected was primarily a great sense of joy. People talked
about little things like walking to school through the vines, learning to swim
in the Murray, working hard and above all being comfortable with their lot in
For production information on "Water Into Wine"
please click on the link below to refer to the Musicals' Catalogue entry at