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“…simply beautiful storytelling…flawless and inseparably outstanding actors…highlights just how good, good writing can be…Lamb feels like a privilege and it will long linger as an absolute heart-warming joy…”

Australian Stage

“Sometimes people leave, they go away and you don’t see them anymore. And then sometimes they come back.”

From multi-award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, and featuring original songs by Mark Seymour (Mark Seymour and the Undertow, Hunters and Collectors), Lamb is the story of one family on an Australian sheep farm, over generations – the guilt of those who left; the lost desires of those who stayed behind.

“You left a trail of broken bread

Across the old battle ground

Behind the veil of the living and the dead

You wrote your secrets down.”

Developed through Red Stitch’s INK program, Lamb is a new Australian play full of lyrical longing and humour. It is a story of the land, and of lies told and secrets kept to protect those we love – and to stop them from leaving us.

 

Presented by: Frankston Arts Centre and Red Stitch and Critical Stages

This show is handpicked to be in the FAC 2020 Season.

 Thanks to our 2020 partners

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“Bodie’s writing is both funny and stunningly lyrical…honest human and true.”

Irish Times

“[Seymour’s] songs grow on you like a landscape, from the back of a flatbed, sun on your skin and the sky vast above you.”

Daily Review

“One of the smartest and most moving plays that I’ve seen in quite some time…. This play needs to be performed all over the country. It is now ready to rock and roll, it must be programmed across the nation. Its a wonderful wonderful play, it will work in the big theatres, it will work in the regions. It’s flawlessly directed by Julian Meyrick.”

Michael Cathcart, The Hub on Stage

4 STARS - “…elegantly crafted three-hander delivers intimate and textured domestic drama, drawing an intricate study of grief…Director Julian Meyrick composes everything at a gentle pace, combining an elegiac stage picture, Seymour’s music, and sympathetic portrayals,”

The Age

“Insightful and moving, her (Bodie’s) depiction of her characters sharpened by their sadness, anger and love.”

Stage Whispers

“…simply beautiful storytelling…flawless and inseparably outstanding actors…highlights just how good, good writing can be…LAMB feels like a privilege and it will long linger as an absolute heart-warming joy…”

Australian Stage

“…the most heartbreaking and fascinating of family portraits…sinks deep into your skin and remains well after you leave…one of the most moving and fascinating pieces of theatre that has played on a Melbourne stage this year.”

Theatre Press

“The songs (music and lyrics Mark Seymour) throughout underpin the story. And they’re beautiful. And beautifully performed…a fragile, beautiful piece”

Daily Review

Two course set pre show dining packages are available throughout the year on selected shows.

Dinner package includes a set main and dessert meal at $55.00 per person

Menu provided closer to the event

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Detailed Warnings for Teachers

Moderate language and adult content, ages 15+

 

Subject Links

Drama and Theatre Studies

Music

VCE Theatre Studies Unit 4 Playlist

 

Lamb is a new Australian play full of lyrical longing and humour. It is a story of the land, and of lies told and secrets kept to protect those we love – and to stop them from leaving us.

 

Information for Educators

Told with subtlety and humour, Lamb spans 40 years, telling an intimate story of one family and rural life.

Students can:

ENJOY the honest portrayal of family life and the rivalries and accomplishments of siblings.

ENGAGE in an Australian text which is complimented by live music onstage, written by Mark Seymour (Hunters & Collectors)

RESPOND to the performance with personal experiences of family challenges and stories. Students can parallel their own experiences to those experienced by the siblings – Annie, Kathleen and Patrick. 

 

Extension Opportunities

An Education Resource Kit is available for this performance.

There is a Post-Show Q&A after the performance.

Acting Masterclasses are available upon request for school bookings.

 

Moderate language and adult content. Recommeded for ages 15+.

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