Winner of the 2008 Australian Young Adult Book award The Ghost’s Child is an enchanting fable of haunting resonance about the worth of life, the quality of happiness and the power of love.
The Ghost’s Child is the story of Matilda Victoria Adelaide, a 75 year-old woman who once traveled the world with her father searching for the world’s most beautiful thing. Matilda was an only child who longed for her life to be as mystifying and magical as a fairytale. One day a strange young man appears unannounced in her lounge room. She offers him tea and biscuits and tells her story of falling in love with a wild boy named Feather and her attempt to build a ‘respectable’ life with him.
Adaptation/ Director Sally Richardson
Writer Sonya Hartnett
Composer/ Performer Melanie Robinson
Performers Nicola Bartlett, Kynan Hughes, Katya Shevtsov, Oliver Wenn
Production Design Matt McVeigh
Lighting Design Jenny Vila
Production Stage Manager Chris Donnelley
Props Assistant Emma Craig
Costume Maker Emma Loughridge
Set Build Plumb Construction and Design
Eagle Build Bianca Perira (Plumb Construction and Design)
Consultant Dramaturgy Humphrey Bower and Michael Barlow
Richardson has achieved a perfect synthesis of fairy story, allegory and children’s picture book, overlain with a strong emotional narrative that every mature adult will recognise – how love and loss are painful but always worth experiencing.
Victoria Laurie, 720 ABC Perth (read full review online)
Sally Richardson and her team have created a theatrical space to tell a story that explores the concept of imagination and conjures up the forever contested and cherished landscape of memory. It is exciting to see a nationally recognised director premiering work in the rapidly growing regional centre of Mandurah. Fans of Sonja Hartnett, and children between the ages of 9-14 who like a sophisticated fable, or anyone who loves an unapologetically epic romance, will all find something to like in this new independent work. Astrid Francis, ArtsHub (read full review online)
2012 | Mandurah Performing Arts Centre, Mandurah, Western Australia