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The Secret River (play)

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Written by  Andrew Bovell
First performance  8 January 2013
Genre  Drama
Adapted from  The Secret River
Date premiered  8 January 2013
Playwright  Andrew Bovell
Original language  English language
Place premiered  Roslyn Packer Theatre
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Subject  The Secret River by Kate Grenville
Similar  Andrew Bovell plays, Dramas

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The Secret River is a play by Andrew Bovell, based upon the novel of the same name by Kate Grenville. Narrated by Dhirrumbin (originally 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 Dharug people, are not willing to give up their land.


Produced by the Sydney Theatre Company, the play was first performed on 8 January 2013 at the Sydney Theatre. A 2016 remount toured Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

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Original cast

  • Nathaniel Dean - William Thornhill
  • Anita Hegh - Sal Thornhill
  • Jeremy Sims - Smasher Sullivan
  • Colin Moody - Thomas Blackwood
  • Ursula Yovich - Dhirrumbin/Dulla Djin
  • Miranda Tapsell - Gillyagan/Muruli
  • Bruce Spence - Loveday
  • Bailey Doomadgee and Kamil Ellis - Garraway
  • Lachlan Elliott and Callum McManis - Willie Thornhill
  • Rory Potter and Tom Usher - Dick Thornhill
  • Roy Gordon - Yalamundi
  • Daniel Henshall - Dan Oldfield
  • Ethel-Anne Gundy – Buryia
  • Trevor Jamieson - Ngalamalum
  • Rhimi Johnson Page - Wangarra/Branyimala
  • Judith McGrath - Mrs Herring
  • James Slee - Narabi
  • Matthew Sunderland - Sagitty Birtles/ Captain Suckling/Turnkey
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    The Secret River (play) Wikipedia

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