Driftwood The Musical

An epic story of love, courage, survival... and foldable umbrellas.

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Driftwood The Musical tells the inspirational story of the renowned Austrian/ Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist-inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig

We follow their lives in pre-war Vienna, the family’s narrow escape from Nazi Austria, Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella, and the incredible chain of events that took place after miraculously escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding their careers as artists in Melbourne.

This epic story that covers three continents and three generations 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 will be directed by acclaimed theatre-maker Gary Abrahams.

Driftwood The Musical had an extraordinary season in Melbourne earlier this year at Chapel Off Chapel with venue manager, Cate Crowley saying “Driftwood – The Musical was one of the most successful new Australian works we have ever seen here at Chapel in our 27-year history. Houses were full and audiences were absolutely thrilled and heartened to see an original story so beautifully portrayed.” 

“Driftwood comes together with so much talent and commitment.  The singing is excellent. Based on a true story, this show has heart.” – The Age

Produced by registered charity, The Umbrella Foundation.

The production appeals to diverse age groups and demographics ranging from secondary school students to senior citizens, art, history, music, theatre and general audiences and people of all faiths and many nations.

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