Sweeping through the Russian Revolution, World War II, and Brisbane history, Motherland is an epic new work of historical fiction, informed by actual events.
Three women, exiled from their homelands, find their stories are woven together across continents and decades. Nell Tritton, the Brisbane wife of a deposed Russian prime minister, forms a close friendship with Nina Berberova, who is exiled in Paris. The woman who would tell their story is Alyona, a Russian curator who finds her dreams of a new Australian paradise crushed by bankruptcy and the Fitzgerald Inquiry.
Shortlisted for the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights' Award, Motherland is a tapestry of friendship, displacement, home, and identity â€” a fine crafted story of the casualties of love, ambition, and politics.
Transferring a thinly documented life to the stage caused some dilemmas, Brisbane playwright Katherine Lyall-Watson tells Writing Queensland. This is an extract of her article from the October issue.
Brisbane was certainly a world away from the Soviet Revolution and exiled Russians, but not according to a new play written by a local playwright, Katherine Lyall-Watson. The play is called 'Motherland', and Katherine spoke with Warren Boland...
Katherine Lyall-Watson talks to Sydney Morning Herald, about her play, 'Motherland'.