Wild Surmise

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Wild Surmise

9 November - 2 December
Beckett Theatre

A duet between two passionate yet dislocated voices, Wild Surmise is a moving elegy to a marriage that has faded into oblivion. Astronomer Alex searches for life on a distant moon but finds herself consumed by a very human affair. Her literary-loving husband Daniel faces his mortality with sardonic relish, but begs the poets for answers they cannot provide. And while their attentions lie elsewhere, a marriage melts into memory.

This stage adaptation of Dorothy Porter’s Miles Franklin Award-nominated novel captures the enveloping nature of a great book. Breathing life into the fictional world created in the mind of the reader, Wild Surmise celebrates the power of language to craft the multisensory universes in which we love to lose ourselves.

Read the adapter’s note.

Credits

Malthouse Theatre presents
WILD SURMISE

Based on the verse novel by Dorothy Porter
Adapted by Jane Montgomery Griffiths
Directed by Marion Potts
Set & Costume Design Anna Tregloan
Composition and Sound Design Jethro Woodward
Lighting Design Paul Jackson
Assistant Director Adena Jacobs 

Performed by
Humphrey Bower
Jane Montgomery Griffiths

Photo Garth Oriander Pictured Jane Montgomery Griffiths

Humphrey Bower and Jane Montgomery Griffiths give commanding performances... It's a luminous production that uses every element of theatrical craft to magnify the brilliance of a major Australian poet.
Wild Surmise is a sterling production which more than does justice to the work and memory of one of Australia’s late, great poets. Highly recommended.
This is a deliciously grown-up love story
— Chris Boyd, The Australian
Griffiths has crafted a theatrical text which not only honours its source but, more importantly, exists as its own beautifully savage work.