The Secret River (play)

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The Secret River
Written by Andrew Bovell
Date premiered 8 January 2013
Place premiered Sydney Theatre
Original language English
Subject The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Genre Drama

The Secret River is a play by Andrew Bovell, based upon the novel of the same name by Kate Grenville. Narrated by Dhirrumbin (played by Ursula Yovich), the drama is about a man who is exiled from London in the eighteenth century, and is sent with his family to a penal colony in the Hawkesbury River, New South Wales, where he hopes to make a new start, but its inhabitants, the indigenous Dahrug people, are not willing to give up their land. Produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, the drama was first performed on 8 January 2013 at the Sydney Theatre.

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Helpmann awards[edit]

Year Award Ceremony Category Nominee Result
2013 13th Helpmann Awards[3] Best Play Won
Best New Australian Work Won
Best Direction of a Play Neil Armfield Won
Best Male Actor in a Play Nathaniel Dean Nominated
Best Male Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Colin Moody Won
Best Female Actor in a Supporting Role in a Play Miranda Tapsell Nominated
Best Original Score Iain Grandage Won
Best Musical Direction Iain Grandage Won
Best Costume Design Tess Schofield Nominated
Best Scenic Design Stephen Curtis Nominated
Best Lighting Design Mark Howett Nominated

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