Umbrella Foundation is delighted to present Driftwood – The Musical. This epic story has been adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, based on the original memoir by Eva de Jong-Duldig. It features original music and arrangements by Anthony Barnhill with lyrics by Tania de Jong AM, Jane Bodie and Anthony Barnhill. Acclaimed Director Gary Abrahams brings a stellar cast to the stage.
Driftwood – The Musical tells the inspirational story of the renowned Austrian/Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist/inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.
We follow their lives in pre-war Vienna, Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella, and an incredible chain of events: miraculously escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding their careers as artists in Melbourne.
A magical story of art and creativity, survival and perseverance, family, freedom and love.
2hrs 20mins (incl. interval)
May 31st, 2023
June 4th, 2023
Recommended Age: 15yrs+ Warning: Contains smoke haze and includes some songs in Hebrew and German.
"The stagecraft is mesmerising. The music is sublime. The acting and singing are superlative. This story and stunningly-crafted musical deserves to tour the world as a beacon of hope, and a reminder to avoid history repeating itself." - Australian Stage
“Driftwood comes together with so much talent and commitment. Based on a true story, this show has heart” - The Age
Director: Gary Abrahams
Music and Lyrics: Anthony Barnhill
Concept, Executive Producer: Tania de Jong AM
Sound Designer: Marcello Lo Ricco
Set Design: Jacob Battista
Sound and AV Creation and Design: Justin Gardam
Lighting Design: Harrie Hogan
Costume Design: Kim Bishop
Production Supervisor: Bec Poulter
Stage Manager: Tiff Lane
Choreographer: Sophie Loughran
Slawa: Tania de Jong AM
Karl: Anton Berezin
Eva: Bridget Costello
Rella: Michaela Burger
Ignaz, Marcel, Gauleiter, Patent Attorneys & more: Nelson Gardner
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