Tree Widows (Public Reading)


Commissioned by Ten Days on the Island, Hobart City Council and the Friends of the Soldiers Memorial Avenue.


2015, 2013

Poignant. Courageous. Echoing.
The Tasmanian Theatre Company proudly presents a new work-in-development by on of Australia’s most highly respected theatre makers, Alana Valentine.
This is a special opportunity to look inside the process of making a verbatim-inspired play.

Like silent sentinels, 520 trees line an historic avenue in Hobarts beautiful Queens Domain Park, each one poignantly linked to a fallen solider they also represent an ongoing legacy for the families left behind. Planted between 1918 ad 1919, the Memorial Avenue has recently been replanted by the families of the Tasmanian soldiers who lost their lives during World War I.

Playwright Alana Valentine is in the process of capturing the moving and often witty personal stories of the families for whom these trees are a potent metaphor, a living set and an enduring testament.

A full on-site production of The Tree Widows is planned for Ten Days on the Island 2015.

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