ABOUT MARY BRYANT:
Music by David King
Lyrics by Nick Enright
Based on real events
November 21-24 2007
14 Acland Street St. Kilda
A: $25 C: $22
"Homer himself could not do your story justice..."
Carrie Kablean, Sunday Telegraph
"If you're after an Australian musical, look no further"
Set to a
classic, evocative score, the legendary true story of one woman's quest for a
better life during the harsh realities of Australia's colonial settlement comes
to life in the epic musical, Mary Bryant.
collaboration between Nick Enright, one of Australias most prolific writers
with credits including The Boy From Oz and Chasing the Dragon,
and David King, whose musical direction and stage and screen composition
accomplishments include Cats and Showboat, captures the
harshness and beauty of the Australian landscape and the human heart.
Bryant story begins in the late 1800's, when she is sentenced to seven years
deportation to the Botany Bay penal colony. After the eight month journey on
board the First Fleet, Mary and her fellow convicts are given the task of
building a new world at the polar end of civilization but food supplies
quickly diminish, and starvation and disease claim the lives of many.
Desperate and hungry, a small band of convicts including Mary, her husband
Will and baby Charlotte escape to sea on the colony's fishing boat, setting
their sights on the Dutch port of Timor. Alone in a small boat in the most
isolated part of the world, the escapees face conditions far worse than they
left behind - furious storms, harsh open sunlight, and depleted food and
supplies as they navigate the then uncharted Great Barrier Reef and the
regarded as one of the greatest sailing voyages in history, Mary Bryant's
escape took 66 days and over 5,000 kilometres.