Once We Lived Here - 2009 Original Australian Cast
Music and Lyrics by Mathew Frank and Dean Bryant.
Starring Esther Hannaford, Sally Bourne, Christie Whelan, Sam Ludeman and Warwick Allsopp.
A new Australian musical from the creators of Prodigal Son and Virgins, Once We Lived Here is a funny and touching look at the passing of a way of life.
Amy runs "Emoh Ruo", the family sheep station in northern Victoria. She's held onto the property through drought, bushfire and falling wool prices, determined not to let it slip out of the family's grasp. But when the family gather over a scorching long weekend, Amy has to face up to the myths and lies the place has been built upon. Is she holding on or is she stuck?
"..a beautiful, poignant piece of home-grown music-theatre. It may echo Chekhov and Sondheim but it's thrillingly pure Oz" - Geoffrey Rush
"Musically sophisticated and artfully structured, it never lets go of an integrity of tone to its subject matter. Esther Hannaford turns in an uncompromising and moving performance quite exceptional in music theatre. I loved it" - Simon Phillips
"...marvellous..musical theatre full of life, emaotion and renewal..it's an inspirational finale that underlines the quality of this home-grown musical" - The Melbourne Age
"Matthew Frank has written a score that is completely accessible and enjoyable..Bourne is in tremendous form, bringing out both the warmth and turmoil of the matriarch..Hannaford is a revelation..she gives an emotionally raw performance that is ultimately heartbreaking.." - Theatrepeople.com.au
Winner of the 2010 Green Room Awards for New Australian Musical and Female Artist in a Leading Role (Esther Hanniford)
1. All Roads Lead To Home
2. Gotta Fix The Pump
3. Ordinary Day
4. What The Hell
5. Soon, They'll Forget
6. The Shearing Shed
7. As Far As The Eye Can See
8. Guitar Lesson
9. Only You
10. Finale Act 1
11. We Like It That Way
12. Startin' From Scratch
13. Patch Of Dust
14. The Shearing Shed (reprise)
15. The Leaves Of Summer
16. Finale Act II
17. All Roads Lead To Home - Andrew Kroenert
18. Shaun's Idol Audition