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The Sirens’ Return

15 - 20 Nov

Sometimes the deepest stories lie just beneath the surface.

By Anne-Louise Rentell, Barbara Nicholson, Ali Jane Smith and Daryl Wallis

Performed against the backdrop of industrial Port Kembla, The Sirens’ Return is a moving and evocative new music theatre work that reflects the spirit of place from the perspective of the women who embody it.

Drawing on oral histories collected from women living across different eras of the steel town, as well as First Nations and western mermaid mythology, The Sirens’ Return honours the diversity of women’s experiences through the emotional power of song.

Celebrated local director Anne-Louise Rentell (Trash Talk, Dead Man Brake, The Outside Man) has assembled a high calibre team of creatives and vocalists to bring these stories to life in the uniquely stunning outdoor setting of Port Kembla pool at dusk. With an eclectic score from acclaimed composer Daryl Wallis (Dead Man Brake, The Outside Man, Landscape with Monsters) that traverses jazz, blues and pop, this is a once-in-a-lifetime theatrical event not to be missed.

“It’s a dream, but it’s a memory, too.” – The Sirens’ Return

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This show is part of Merrigong’s Season 2021. To get the best price, book a Season Ticket.

Location Alert!

Performed at Port Kembla Pool. The audience will be seated on the tiered, grassed, natural amphitheatre overlooking the stunning Port Kembla beach. Limited accessible seating is available and must be pre-booked. Headphones will be provided.

Cast & Creative

Director Anne-Louise Rentell
Musical Director Daryl Wallis
Designer Katja Handt
Performers Marlene Cummins, Sonya Holowell, Jean Lewis, Billie Rose Prichard, Kerrie Sweeney, Alice Ansara
Photos by Matthew Abbott

We are committed to delivering safe & enjoyable performing arts experiences.

Our venues and events are operating under COVID Safety measures in accordance with NSW Health guidelines. For more details, visit

The presentation of this show has been assisted by the Restart Investment to Sustain and Expand (RISE) Fund – an Australian Government initiative.

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