"The true tale of art and creativity, survival and perseverance, family, freedom and love, and the endurance of the human spirit"

Previously, Driftwood The Musical enjoyed an extraordinary season in Melbourne last year at Chapel Off Chapel. Today it is now being reworked by director and acclaimed theatre-maker Gary Abrahams along with Anthony Barnhill and Jane Bodie.
Dirftwood is a moving and enthralling story. It tells of a family surviving the ravages of war. The show returns to Chapel Off Chapel from 3 – 20 May and will then travel to Sydney playing in three venues including Glen Street Theatre, 24 – 28 May, Riverside Theatres, 31 May – 4 June and Eternity Playhouse, 7 – 18 June.
The show examines the inspirational tale of renowned Austrian-Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist-inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig. It follows their lives in pre-war Vienna, as the family then narrowly escapes from Nazi Austria. Slawa ingeniously conceives the invention of the foldable umbrella and after miraculously fleeing the Holocaust, they both arrive in Australia only to be classified as enemy aliens and are interned in an isolated camp in northern Victoria. Eventually, they rebuild their lives and careers as artists in Melbourne.

This epic story covers three continents and three generations and has been adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, based on the original memoir by Eva de Jong-Duldig. It features original music, lyrics and arrangements by Anthony Barnhill with lyrics by Tania de Jong AM and Jane Bodie. The show is directed by acclaimed theatre-maker Gary Abrahams.


VENUE:     Chapel Off Chapel, 12 Little Chapel St, Prahran
SEASON:                Wednesday 3 – Saturday 20 May 
PRICES:     from $39.90

VENUE:     Glen Street Theatre, Cnr Glen St & Blackbutts Rd, Belrose 
SEASON:                Wednesday 24-Sunday 28 May
PRICES:     All tickets $65 

VENUE:     Riverside Theatres, Cnr Church & Market Sts, Parramatta
SEASON:                Wednesday 31 May – Sunday 4 June 
PRICES:     $39.90 - $69.90 

VENUE:     Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street, Darlinghurst 
SEASON:                Wednesday 7 June – Sunday 18 June 
PRICES:             $49 - $89
BOOKINGS:     darlinghursttheatre.com/driftwood