Queensland Theatre Company presents an Ellen Belloo and Critical Stages production

Motherland [Past Event]

by Katherine Lyall-Watson


"Motherland is the most elegant, most sophisticated theatrical work we've seen in Brisbane in years."
-XS Entertainment

"High-energy, entertaining and emotionally stirring.
-Zuzanna Kamusinski, Weekend Notes

4 STARS “A new and daring way of constructing a play… It triumphs, mainly because of the talented cast, who know how to portray these strong (women) characters and flawed (male) protagonists with the insight they deserve.” 
-Alison Cotes, Crikey’s The Daily Review

"Kathryn Lyall-Watson’s intelligent, cleverly constructed play, Motherland, deserves its accolades. Inventive and concise, it compresses huge complexities of time, history, plo;t and character, but renders them intelligible and intriguing.”
-James Harper, The Courier-Mail

“Motherland is the most elegant, most sophisticated theatrical work we’ve seen in Brisbane in years” Caroline Dunphy’s direction is 'faultless'."
-Xanthe Coward, XS Entertainment

“Caroline Dunphy‘s directorial touch is marvellously deft… a very fine production (with) an ensemble whose members are at the top of their game.”
-Kate Foy, Actor’s Greenroom

“Very, very well-written … wonderful acting, the women who are so strong, passionate and fiery… A terrific play
-Doug Kennedy, 612abc



Based in fact, the epic and intimate Motherland intertwines the sweeping stories of three very different women from different times, united in the heartache 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 carefully researched historical drama about how world-changing events can ripple out and take a terrible toll on everyday lives.

Brisbane-born Nell travelled the world, marrying the Russian Prime Minister and helping him flee the Nazis in World War II. Feisty writer and academic Nina quit her native Russia for Paris, but has returned in her twilight years. And single mother Alyona is a Russian museum curator whisked away to Brisbane by an Australian businessman, in search of a brighter future that may just collapse before her eyes.

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