The Aspirations of Daise Morrow
32 Burelli Street, Wollongong, NSW, 2500, Australia
9th May 2018 to 12th May 2018
The only death to fear is the death of love. From the mighty pen of Australia’s Nobel Laureate, the incomparable Patrick White, comes a timeless story about seizing the day and not letting the bastards grind you down. Set in the suburb of Barranugli, the Hogbens prepare to bury the notorious Daise Morrow, while next door the Whalleys prepare for an outing to the dump. As Daise walks amongst the mourners, hovering on the cusp of memory and rumour, over the fence two young dreamers take their first tentative steps into love. A towering literary genius, Patrick White had a well documented love for the theatre and in this richly theatrical, word-for-word adaptation, the brilliance of his writing is exposed – funny, insightful, brutal, loving, sad and wise. The wooden-floored expanse of the Wollongong Town Hall will be transformed into a magical earthen-floored space where actors and musicians perform in and around the audience, seated in the round. Accompanied live by the award-winning Zephyr Quartet, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is storytelling rich with music and light, a poignant evocation of the wonders of small beginnings, the complications of compassion, and the grace and majesty of love.