NORPA presents a Belloo Creative and NORPA coproduction

about the show

Australia breeds its women tough – and adventurous. Intrepid performers Roxanne McDonald and Barbara Lowing get behind the wheel and navigate us into risky terrain, journeying through the heart line of their lives and into the hilarious misadventures of the women who made them who they are today.

Celebrate the grit and daring of women trailblazers with two of our best-loved actors in the rough and tumble of multiple stories and characters.

Rovers comes from the award-winning Belloo Creative team and is a bold, original work, premiering at NORPA. Woven from true stories and wild machinations, this rigorous and poetic work will resonate with audiences of all ages.


creative team

Katherine Lyall-Watson Writer
Caroline Dunphy Director
Kathryn Kelly Dramaturg
Danielle Shankey Producer
Barbara Lowing Actor
Roxanne McDonald Actor
Kirk Page Vocal Artist
Nadine McDonald-Dowd Cultural Consultant – Indigenous
Dane Alexander Composer and Sound Designer
Christine Felmingham Lighting Designer
Oscar Costume Designer
Jonathan Shankey Set Designer
Jeremy Gordon Technical Manager/Stage Manager
Peter Cossar Production Manager
Isabella Hall Sound Design Intern


“Dunphy’s inspired direction is faultless”
XS Entertainment (on Motherland)

“a new and daring way of constructing a play”
Crikey (on Motherland)

“…the visual poetry is exceptional.”
Aussie Theatre (on Hanako)

bar and diner

Secret Chef operate a pop-up diner at Lismore City Hall. This will be open from 6pm, Secret Chef will be showcasing a range of share plates, main meals and desserts using a range of secret recipes built up through their 20+ years in the hospitality business. All menus will have a vegetarian and gluten/dairy free option. The seasonal menu will be confirmed a week before the performance date.

Our licensed bar will be open from 6pm, and also during and after the show. Drinks purchased from the bar are permitted inside the theatre. Sorry, no BYO.

Patron advice

Suitable for all ages. Recommended for 14+ years.
Duration is 60 minutes (no interval).


Non Subscribers
Adult $49
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $44
Under 25 $25

Adult $40
Senior/Concession/Groups 4+ $35
Under 25 $20

Allocated seating (numbered tickets).
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Rovers was created especially for Barbara Lowing and Roxanne McDonald. Some sections are taken verbatim from interviews with Barb and Roxy, some have been written from imagination, and some are created from research into Australia’s wild women. Roxy and Barb helped shape the text into their own voices.

The Aboriginal words used in the piece (particularly in Mary’s speeches) have been taken from a wide range of sources and aren’t faithful to any one Aboriginal language. This is because Mary lived in lutruwita (what we now call Tasmania) soon after the first Invasion. It’s believed that there were between five and sixteen languages spoken in lutruwita before the white man arrived. Palawa kani is a recently revived, constructed language but the words used in Rovers are a mix of languages, predominantly Murri language, as this is Roxy’s country and Mary is a character invented and played by Roxy, rather than a recreation of the original woman.

We are deeply grateful to Roxy, Barb, Kirk Page and Nadine McDonald-Dowd for their involvement in the early drafts of Rovers.

supported by

Rovers is developed with the support of NORPA.
Queensland Theatre has generously given use of their theatre spaces for creative development and rehearsal periods.

Photo by Roxanne McDonald