Rainbow's End

Written by Jane Harrison, directed by Liza-Mare Syron

A First Nations story about the bond of family and the power of the land.

It’s the 1950s in Shepparton, Victoria.  Three generations of the Dear family live together in a rundown shack on the Goulburn River flats. 

Gladys yearns for a better life, a real home and a decent job. Her teenage daughter Dolly has dreams of becoming a nurse, while her resilient grandmother, Nan Dears, is resistant to change.

Dolly falls for Errol, a travelling salesman, who offers her the prospect of another world. Together they embark on a journey of belonging where the search for a better life challenges the powerful bond that holds these women together. 

In this powerful and tender story, where dreams for a fair go lie, acclaimed playwright, Jane Harrison, pens one family’s struggle for community acceptance in the Menzies era of Australia.


"[Rainbow’s End] quietly makes its point, leaving you aware and impressed by the staunchness of these women, the gains they made and the dignity with which they dealt with hardship" – Sydney Morning Herald

"Beautifully crafted, elegantly scripted..." – Australian Stage

"A touching pot of theatrical gold..."The Examiner

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Produced by Darlinghurst Theatre Company in association with Moogahlin Performing Arts.


10 August - 1 September 2019


Darlinghurst Theatre Company
Eternity Playhouse

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Project Team

Playwright Jane Harrison
Director Liza-Mare Syron
Lighting Designer Karen Norris

With Frederick Copperwaite

*This listing is updated as cast and creatives are confirmed in the lead up to the production.*

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