The Farmer’s Daughter // The Post
Review by Sarah McNeil
“A play that can hold the attention of adults and children alike and can entertain and inform in equal measure is truly a play worth seeing.”
A play that can hold the attention of adults and children alike and can entertain and inform in equal measure is truly a play worth seeing. Developed through a unique collaboration with the Merredin farming community and inspired by real-life stories, The Farmer’s Daughter is a visually stunning production that vividly captures life on the farm, with its joys, back-breaking work, and heartbreaking drought and fire.
On a simple but evocative set by Matt McVeigh, stunningly lit by Graham Walne, the spirit of the land is embodied by Ruth Battle, who uses puppetry, kangaroo jump shoes, props and movements to represent the best and worst of Mother Nature, from a kangaroo and rain clouds, to a bushfire and earth turned to salt.
As the title suggests, the story is told through the eyes of a young girl, charmingly played by Daisy Coyle. She desperately wants to help run the family farm and while her father (St John Cowcher) isn’t quite ready for a girl, she learns about the land through conversations with her grandfather over two-way radio (sensitively voiced by Humphrey Bower). It is a heartfelt show for the whole family.
The Farmer’s Daughter
DATE: June 30 – July 20 2018 | 10am & 1pm daily (except Sundays and public holidays) plus special 6:30pm sessions on July 18 &19
BOOK TICKETS online or call 9335 5044