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Signs of Life

Sydney Theatre Company, Black Swan State Theatre Company and Commonwealth Bank present
Signs of Life
By Tim Winton

On a farm that has been parched by a drought of apocalyptic severity, Georgie, a white woman in her fifties, lives alone quietly contemplating her solitude. One evening, the silence of the expansive, isolated property is broken by the sound of a car spluttering to a stop. An Aboriginal man and woman come to the door for help and reluctantly Georgie allows them into her house.

Recently widowed, Georgie is not looking for company. She wants to be alone to mull over her future but her mysterious guests, Mona and Bender, demonstrate an inexplicable reluctance to oblige her.

Author Tim Winton is a household name on account of a succession of celebrated novels but has only very recently turned his attention to writing for the stage. Signs of Life is Winton’s second stage play and marks a continuation of the creative partnership he has forged with Kate Cherry, Artistic Director of Perth’s Black Swan State Theatre Company.

Winton’s dramatic writing has a great deal in common with his prose, stylistically and thematically. Echoing elements of Dirt Music and Cloudstreet, Signs of Life is a work of magical realism where the dead speak with and watch over the living. Gently paced and deeply searching, this delicate new work for the stage is as evocatively atmospheric as any of the author’s novels.

Warning: Contains Strong Language

1 hour 40 minutes, including interval
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House


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