Motherland Charity Performance for Mater Private Hospital

Melbourne Cup celebrations with a difference: Four anonymous donors buy a night of performance to say thank you.


This year, rather then putting a flutter on the horses, four anonymous donors have bought a theatre for the night to thank the dedicated staff and volunteers from the Mater Private hospital.


Because of their connection to the Mater Oncology Unit, the donors requested that their pledges be used to gift tickets for the Tuesday 5 November performance of MOTHERLAND to staff and volunteers of the Mater Private hospital.

One donor describes this “as a unique gift to thank the people who care for others in their time of need. The theatre is raw and alive with human emotion and stories, much like the inside of a hospital. Some moments are happy, and some are sad. The dedicated staff and volunteers from the Mater are there with you – they support you and your family though your individual journey. Shouting them a night out at the theatre, to see a wonderful new Brisbane play, is a small way we can say thank you.”

MOTHERLAND is co-presented by Metro Arts and Ellen Belloo as part of the Season of the Independents.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award, Katherine Lyall-Watson’s play MOTHERLAND opened to rave reviews on Wednesday 30 October at Metro Arts. Katherine Lyall-Watson says that she looks forward to “welcoming these special guests to the theatre. I feel humbled by the generosity of the donors who have made this night possible.”

Directed by Caroline Dunphy, and with a stellar cast of Brisbane’s favourite actors; including Barbara Lowing, Kerith Atkinson, Rebecca Riggs, Peter Cossar and Daniel Murphy – MOTHERLAND is an epic story, which spans the twentieth century, World War and the Russian Revolution.

At the heart of this story you will find a rich tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity – a finely- crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics. MOTHERLAND is a contemporary piece of theatre that brings the stories of three remarkable real women to life.

Timeframes and locations collide and interweave as the actors play multiple characters in this fast-paced and passionate 90-minute theatrical depiction of true stories. Caroline Dunphy’s direction brings rigour and fierceness to this contemporary staging.

Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in Brisbane in 1906 Mater Health Services now cares for more than half a million babies, children and adults each year. Mater is committed to providing compassionate health care with an emphasis on the founding values of the Sisters of Mercy.

Charity Performance Details Event:

Tues 5 November 2013

Time: 7:30pm

Venue: Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts (109 Edward St, Brisbane)


Metro Arts is a multi-artform incubator and site for experimentation, supporting and developing independent artists through a platform of space, mentoring, producing support, critical engagement and leadership.


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