A heart warming and poignant piece of musical storytelling based upon the oral history of the mothers, wives and daughters from the time of the soldier settlers in the Mallee through to modern times.

Three iterations of the one character – Irene – reflect upon experiences as a young, mature and older woman. Drawn from real life stories and situations

Commissioned by the Sunrise21 Artist in Industry project, WATER INTO WINE is a song cycle linked by dramatic text that presents snapshots of the stories taken from interviews with and research of the horticultural farmers or ‘blockies’ of the Sunraysia district (north-west Victoria), focusing on the oral history of the women from the region. A series of impressions rather than a narrative, this production premiered at the Mildura/Wentworth Arts Festival 2000, and featured the Silverwater Choir, comprising of women from this region.

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