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In association with Sydney Festival

A Musical Adaption of Robert Hughes' The Fatal Shore
Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra

Inspired by Robert Hughes’ famous book The Fatal Shore, Iron in the Blood is a captivating musical production with jazz orchestra, visual projections and narrated by acclaimed actors William Zappa and Patrick Dickson.

Iron in the Blood weaves together Hughes’ text with stunning projections, the documented voices of early colonists and a score praised for its eclecticism and boldness. Composed and conducted by Jeremy Rose the work is brought to life by his award-winning 17 piece Earshift Orchestra featuring Australia’s new generation of creative jazz talent.

This is a powerful work that celebrates The Fatal Shore, probably Australia’s best-read history book, and the harrowing tapestry of Australia's colonial past.

Jazz orchestra and two actors with superbly complementary big-screen visuals - the work is a dialogue between idioms and eras. This is a major Australian work...”

★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald


Important note: Latecomers will be admitted discreetly after the first movement (approx. 9 minutes). 

Content Warning: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are advised that the audio visual material contains images of deceased persons.

Details correct at time of publication

  • Composer, conductor and saxophonist
    Jeremy Rose
    William Zappa and Patrick Dickson
    Visual Design
    Mic Gruchy 

    The Earshift Orchestra 

    Tim Clarkson
    Scott McConnachie
    Michael Avgenicos
    Karl Laskowski
    Paul Cutlan
    Anthony Kable
    Jacob Parks
    Mike Raper
    Colin Burrows
    Patrick McMullin
    Callum G'Froerer
    Ellen Kirkwood
    Nick Garbett
    Ben Hauptmann
    Joseph O'Connor
    Tom Botting
    Danny Fischer