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Katherine Lyall-Watson's 'Motherland' at Metro Arts - 20% Ticket Saving for WeekendNotes subscribers

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Metro Arts is proud to stage the premiere production of 'Motherland' by Australian playwright, Katherine Lyall-Watson.

Presented as part of the Metro Arts 'Season of the Independents' and co-presented by Ellen Belloo Contemporary Theatre, this sweeping epic drama recalls the lives of three remarkable women against the backdrop of the twentieth century, World War and the Russian Revolution.

Liz Burcham, CEO of Metro Arts says, "Katherine Lyall-Watson is an extremely proficient playwright and we are honoured to co-present the very first production of her writings. Her plays need to be seen."

This passionate play was shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights' Award and will be brought to life under the direction of Caroline Dunphy and a stellar cast, including Barbara Lowing, Kerith Atkinson, Rebecca Riggs, Peter Cossar and Daniel Murphy.

Lyall-Watson spent four years researching the real people at the heart of her play "The best and worst thing about researching history," she says, "is that it's never finished. It's been four years and Nell is still an enigma. Her family helped shape Brisbane and her life was extraordinary, but history has forgotten her. Writing 'Motherland' has been a way to bring her back to life and to re-imagine some of the moments that defined her."

Historical events, timeframes and locations collide and interweave in this contemporary staging, resulting in a unique theatre experience for the audience.

'Motherland' centres on Nell Tritton, of Brisbane's Tritton furniture emporium, who married Russia's deposed Prime Minister, Alexander Kerensky, and helped him escape from the Nazis in the Second World War; Nina Berberova, a Russian writer living in exile in Paris with her lover, the poet Vladislav Khodasevich; and Alyona, a Russian museum curator stuck in Brisbane at the height of the Fitzgerald Inquiry when her Australian husband's business goes bankrupt.

These three stories are woven together into a rich tapestry, revealing the true price of betrayal and the lure of forbidden love.

'Motherland' will play for a strictly limited season from Wednesday 30th October 2013 to Saturday 16th November 2013 at the Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts (109 Edward St, Brisbane) at 7:30pm. A preview performance will be held on Tuesday 29th October 2013.

Tickets are now on sale and are priced as follows: $20 for adults, $16 for valid concession card holders and $12 for groups of 10 or more.

Bookings can be made by contacting (07) 3002 7100 or via the Metro Arts website.

Weekend Notes subscribers are invited to take advantage of a special 20% discount on tickets. Call (07) 3002 7100 Monday - Friday between 9am & 5pm and quote "Weekend Notes" and you'll only pay concession prices - that's $16 per person.

Or get a group (10 ) together and only pay $12 per person.

*Offer is only valid for phone bookings on (07) 3002 7100 and you must quote the promotional code "Weekend Notes" to receive the discount. This offer can't be used in conjunction with any other offer.

For more information on 'Motherland', please visit the Metro Arts website.
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When: 30 Oct - 16 Nov (Tues - Sat @ 7.30pm)
Phone: (07) 3002 7100
Where: Sue Benner Theatre, Metro Arts, 109 Edward Street, Brisbane
Cost: Adult $20, Concession $16, Group (10 ) $12
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