Nigel Featherstone – The Story of the Oars

Friday 15 May 2020 at 5pm
The Street – public showing via Zoom
Register online at https://www.thestreet.org.au/shows/first-seen-story-oars-nigel-featherstone

Top picture credit: Barbie Robinson

You are invited to join an online in-progress showing of this new stage work, a play with songs,  which is part of the First Seen initiative of The Street Canberra.

  • Playwright: Nigel Featherstone
  • Dramaturg: Anne-Louise Rentell
  • Director: Zsuzsi Sobolsay
  • Cast; Tracy Bourne, Tom Byrne, Sally Marett, PJ Williams
  • Duration: 120 minutes
Barbie speake with Nigel Featherstone about The Story of the Oars

Synopsis

Summer somewhere on the east coast of Australia, 1987: three teenage brothers drown on a large ephemeral lake. Thirty years later, with the lake now dry, four strangers unburden themselves of the truth. Their lives will never be the same. The Story of the Oars is about the repercussions of childhood, and how facts have their way of revealing themselves. It’s also an exploration of class, privilege, and the power of place to enchant, repel, and mend.

About Nigel Featherstone

Nigel Featherstone is an Australian writer who has been published widely. He has held residencies at Varuna (Blue Mountains), Bundanon (Shoalhaven River), and UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

His war novel, Bodies of Men, was published by Hachette Australia in 2019 and was shortlisted in the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards and received a Canberra Critics Circle Award. Review and interview here:

His other works include the story collection Joy (2000), his debut novel Remnants (2005), and The Beach Volcano (2014), which is the third in an award-winning series of novellas

Nigel wrote the libretto for The Weight Of Light, a highly regarded political song cycle about an Australian soldier returning from Afghanistan; the work was commissioned by the Hume Conservatorium, produced by the Street Theatre in Canberra, and had its world premiere in 2018; it, too, received a Canberra Critics Circle Award.