Riverside Theatres
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Riverside Theatres

The brutality and beauty of Australia’s colonial experience will be explored in the world-premiere musical adaptation 'Iron in the Blood', at Riverside Theatres.

Created by critically-acclaimed jazz saxophonist and composer Jeremy Rose, 'Iron in the Blood' was inspired by and includes text from Robert Hughes’ 'The Fatal Shore', read by two narrators. One of the most influential works of popular Australian history, 'The Fatal Shore' is a bestselling account of the colonisation of Australia. 

Conducted by Rose, the piece is performed by the stellar 17-piece Earshift Orchestra who have been described as some of the most creative improvisers of the next generation. Together they weave modern musical magic with Rose’s inspiration to create a work that calls audiences to engage with our collective history and national identity.

'Iron in the Blood' explores Hughes' masterpiece with a musical narrative that creates a rich fabric of perspective, from evocations of Australia’s natural beauty and the folksongs of the colonist to the dispossession and subjugation of the colony’s peoples, both Indigenous and imported.

For more details and to buy tickets visit the Riverside Theatre website