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Dead Horse Gap 

Dead Horse Gap is an original story set in a fictional NSW south coast town in the uneasy settlement period between 1850 and 1880. The performance will combine music, projections, movement, text and lighting to create a quirky noir western atmosphere, surreal landscape, bizarre characters and the poetic iconography of the hero’s fatal journey into wilderness. This a new theatre work is co-produced by Tathra-based company Crimson Rosella in partnership with Merrigong Theatre Company in Wollongong. Along with co-creators are Lindy Hume, Leland Kean (co-directing) and Candelo-based musician/songwriter Heath Cullen, as a co-writer Kirli will join a creative team as that is made up of some of the country’s finest theatre artists including digital artist Mic Gruchy, novelist Rohan Wilson, designer Katja Handt and lighting designer Damien Cooper.

Going Home

Inspired by Kirli Saunders’ own reconnection to Country and Community, Going Home is a story told in two parts, across two timelines and two First Nations lands. Set in the regional communities of the south coast of NSW, this work explores the intersection of the removal of Four siblings taken from their families in 1970’s and the homecoming of those siblings, to Country in present day.

Weaving fiction with truth, poetry with prose and language with land, Going Home offers solace to those similarly disconnected and celebrates the strength, survival and warmth of First Nations communities. It explores the intergenerational impacts of our shared history and confronts what we leave behind when we are forced to go, and prompts us to think about what lies ahead.