Brink Productions

The Aspirations of Daise Morrow

Based on Patrick White’s short story Down At the Dump, featuring Zephyr Quartet

From the mighty pen of Patrick White comes a timeless story about seizing the day.

09 May – 12 May

The only death to fear is the death of love.

From the mighty pen of Australia’s Nobel Laureate, the incomparable Patrick White, comes a timeless story about seizing the day and not letting the bastards grind you down.

Set in the suburb of Barranugli, the Hogbens prepare to bury the notorious Daise Morrow, while next door the Whalleys prepare for an outing to the dump. As Daise walks amongst the mourners, hovering on the cusp of memory and rumour, over the fence two young dreamers take their first tentative steps into love.

A towering literary genius, Patrick White had a well documented love for the theatre and in this richly theatrical, word-for-word adaptation, the brilliance of his writing is exposed – funny, insightful, brutal, loving, sad and wise.

The wooden-floored expanse of the Wollongong Town Hall will be transformed into a magical earthen-floored space where actors and musicians perform in and around the audience, seated in the round. Accompanied live by the award-winning Zephyr Quartet, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is storytelling rich with music and light, a poignant evocation of the wonders of small beginnings, the complications of compassion, and the grace and majesty of love.


"Visually captivating, splendidly lucid stage adaptation" - The Australian

“Intimate, delightful and moving, The Aspirations of Daise Morrow is a fascinating exposition of White’s mighty love story set in a quirky world where opposites attract” - Limelight

“This innovative and visceral production captures all the unmistakeable uniqueness of Australian life circa 1950s, at the edge of town, at the edge of poverty and at the edge of convention” - The Clothesline

“An intelligent, sensitive, thought provoking and at times surprisingly funny examination of the ripple effect that a death can have upon the lives of those left behind, especially in a tightly-knit small town environment” - Stagewhispers

Free Talking Point
Merrigong Talking Point - The Aspirations of Daise Morrow
Saturday 12 May, 15 mins after the matinee ends.

Recommended for ages 12+. Show contains strong language.

Illustration concept & art direction: Yianni Hill | Illustration: Chris Edser

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Venue Information

Wollongong Town Hall, Main Auditorium


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Cast & Creative Team

Chris Drummond

Michael Hankin

Lighting Designer
Nigel Levings

Lighting Realiser
Neil Simpson

Musical Director
Hilary Kleinig

Belinda Gehlert
Emily Tulloch
Jason Thomas
Hilary Kleinig

Paul Blackwell
Lucy Lehmann
Genevieve Picot
James Smith
Zephyr Quartet


Adult: $67
Pens/Group 8+: $62
Under 30s: $49
Family of 4: $196 (Max 2 Adults)
School Groups 8+: $23

A per transaction fee of $6.95 applies for phone and online bookings.

Performance Times
General Public:
Wed 9 May, 7.30pm
Thu 10 May, 11.00am & 6.30pm
Fri 11 May, 7.30pm
Sat 12 May, 1.30pm & 7.30pm

Post-Show Q&A:
Thu 10 May, 11am & 6.30pm

Running Time
Approx. 1 hr 20 mins (no interval)

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