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Motherland

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Title: Motherland
Author: Lyall-Watson, Katherine
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Sweeping through the Russian Revolution, World War II, and Brisbane history, Motherland is an epic new work of historical fiction, informed by actual events.

Three women, exiled from their homelands, find their stories are woven together across continents and decades. Nell Tritton, the Brisbane wife of a deposed Russian prime minister, forms a close friendship with Nina Berberova, who is exiled in Paris. The woman who would tell their story is Alyona, a Russian curator who finds her dreams of a new Australian paradise crushed by bankruptcy and the Fitzgerald Inquiry.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights' Award, Motherland is a tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity - a finely crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics.
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Based in fact, the epic and intimate Motherland intertwines the sweeping stories of three very different women from different times, united in the heartach of exile from their homelands.

From the chaos of a Russian military coup, through the hell of Nazi-occupied France to a turbulent Brisbane in the throes of the Fitzgerald Inquiry, Brisbane playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson has penned a painstakingly researched histrocial drama about how world-changing events can ripple out and take a terrible toll on everyday lives.

Production History: Motherland was first produced by Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo at the Sue Benner Theatre, Brisbane on 30 October, 2013.

“Katherine Lyall-Watson‘s play is a beautifully-crafted piece and was recognised as a Patrick White Playwright’s Award finalist.” — Kate Foy, Greenroom

THEMES: Historical Fiction, Loss, Love, Heritage
CHARACTER AGES: Adult
LENGTH: 2 Hours
CAST SIZE: 5 - 6 Cast Members
TARGET AUDIENCE: Adult

Publisher: Playlab Press
Publication date: 01/06/2016
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925338317
Publishing status: Active (web)
Motherland