Driftwood The Musical Returns To Melbourne’s Chapel Off Chapel This May

Driftwood The Musical had its world premiere in Melbourne last year and is now being reworked by director and acclaimed theatre-maker Gary Abrahams along with Anthony Barnhill and Jane Bodie. This moving and enthralling story of a family surviving the ravages of war will return to Chapel Off Chapel from 3 – 20 May.  


At the conclusion of last year’s season venue manager, Cate Crowley said “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.”   

DriftwoodThe 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, the family’s narrow escape from Nazi Austria, Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella, 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 that 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.  The show will be directed by Gary Abrahams

Tickets and more information can be found at driftwoodthemusical.com.au

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