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The White Earth by Andrew McGahan & Shaun Charles



THEMES: Colonisation, Land Ownership, Heritage
Length: 1.5 Hours
CAST SIZE: 7 – 8 Cast Members

Be drawn into a surreal world of memory and madness, and into a landscape haunted by uniquely Australian ghosts.


When eight-year-old William witnesses his father burn to death in a freak farming accident, William and his sickly mother are cast upon the charity of a mysterious uncle, John McIvor. Encamped alone in the ruins of the once-great station homestead, Kuran House, the aging McIvor is desperate for an heir and sets his sights upon the boy. But the legacy of Kuran Station is a poisoned one and, as McIvor’s troubled past and Williams tortured present intertwine, they are each drawn into a surreal world of memory and madness, and into a landscape haunted by uniquely Australian ghosts.

Set against the backdrop of the Native Title debate, The White Earth is a Gothic tragedy of ownership, paranoia and self-destruction.

Production History

Premiered at La Boite Theatre Company in February 2009 as part of the mainstage season.

This title is part of the La Boite Collection.

ISBN: 9780908156863


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