13 – 14 May 2022 at Alexander Theatre, Monash University: Fri 1pm & 7.30pm, Sat 2pm & 7.30pm
18 -28 May 2022 Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran: Tue 7:30pm, Wed & Thu 1pm & 7:30pm, Fri 7:30pm, Sat & Sun 2pm & 7:30pm
Driftwood – The Musical is the inspirational story of renowned Austrian/Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist/inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig, based onEva de Jong-Duldig’s critically acclaimed memoir. “The work poignantly explores the loss that families encounter when they are dislocated by war, whilst illuminating an immigrant experience that is uniquely Australian. I am so inspired to be playing the role of my extraordinarily creative grandmother who invented the foldable umbrella,” said de Jong.
Karl Duldig and Slawa Horowitz-Duldig’s granddaughter, acclaimed Soprano Tania de Jong AM performs the lead role of Slawa.
Actor and singer, Anton Berezin who recently performed with Opera Australia in Evita and whose theatre credits include Sweeney Todd, Wicked, The Producers, Side Show Alley, How To Succeed in Business plays the male lead role of Karl. Playing Slawa’s sister Rella is celebrated jazz songstress and musical theatre actor Fem Belling (The Boy From Oz, Hairspray and Fame).
Sara Reed whose musical theatre credits include Billy Elliot: The Musical, Jane Banks in Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins and Bielke in Fiddler on the Roof opposite Anthony Warlow plays Eva, whilst Troy Sussman (Aladdin, Les Miserables Australian and West End productions) plays multiple roles, rounding out the cast.