The inspirational story of Austrian/Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist-inventor wife Slawa Horowitz-Duldig returns to Chapel off Chapel from May 3 - 20.
The epic lives of two Holocaust survivors and their groundbreaking accomplishments will return to Melbourne theatres in May, after drawing wide acclaim and breaking records during its sellout first run.
Driftwood The Musical tells the inspirational story of renowned Austrian/Australian sculptor Karl Duldig, and his artist-inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig – the inventor of the modern umbrella. Their daughter Slawa became an Australian tennis star, while the family’s Melbourne legacy remains clear to this day through an annual lecture at the NGV, and the Duldig Studio in East Malvern.
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The entrancing musical follows their lives in pre-war Vienna, the family’s narrow escape from Nazi Austria, Slawa’s ingenious invention, and the incredible chain of events that took place after miraculously escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding their careers as artists in Melbourne.
This epic story, which covers three continents and three generations, 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, lyrics and arrangements by Anthony Barnhill with lyrics by Tania de Jong AM and Jane Bodie. It will be directed by Gary Abrahams.
Driftwood The Musical had an extraordinary season in Melbourne earlier this year at Chapel Off Chapel with venue manager, Cate Crowley saying “Driftwood The Musical was one of the most successful new Australian works we have ever seen here at Chapel in our 27-year history. Houses were full and audiences were absolutely thrilled and heartened to see an original story so beautifully portrayed.”
Driftwood The Musical will be returning to Chapel Off Chapel from 3 – 20 May (by popular demand after last year’s sell-out season) and then touring to Sydney’s Glen Street Theatre from 24 – 28 May and Riverside Theatres, Parramatta from 31 May – 4 June and then at Eternity Theatre in Sydney from 5-17 June.