Directed by Kate Cherry | Written by Tim Winton | Set Design and Lighting by Trent Suidgeest | Black Swan State Theatre Company | STCWA | Albany Entertainment Centre | Canberra Theatre Centre | 2013
Photography by Gary Marsh
Shrine is set above the rocky headlands of the South Coast of Western Australia, between a forest and the sea. It’s wine country, and a privileged young man, Jack, has been killed driving friends back to Perth from his parents’ beach house.
Jack leaves in his wake a wreck of a father, a shadow of a mother, and the promise of a love affair that never quite happened.
A year later, Jack’s father Adam meets the small town girl, June, who shared a strange and life changing night with Jack hours before he died. Domestic heartbreak transcends into mythology in a landscape inhabited by ghosts. After Rising Water and Signs of Life, Shrine is the third play by Tim Winton about the iconic Western Australian landscape and its inhabitants.