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The Sirens’ Return

14 - 19 Feb

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


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 for patrons who are mobility imparied is available and must be pre-booked. Headphones will be provided.

Cast & Creative

Director Anne-Louise Rentell
Musical Director Daryl Wallis
Video Designer Laura Turner
Set & Costume Designer Katja Handt
Lighting Designer Travis Kecek
Cast Alice Ansara, Matilda Brown, Marlene Cummins, Jeannie Lewis, Billie Rose Prichard, Kerrie Sweeney
Photo by Jeremy Park

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We are operating in accordance with NSW Health rules and guidelines for entertainment venues. When you visit, it is really important that you are feeling well and prepared to stick to the safety practices of our venues. Face masks, digital check-ins and proof of vaccination are currently mandatory for all visitors. (This also includes everyone working on site.) For detailed information and FAQs, please click here.

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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