The Ghost’s Child

Richardson has achieved a perfect synthesis of fairy story, allegory and children’s picture book, overlain with a strong emotional narrative that every mature adult will recognise. 720 ABC Perth

Winner of the 2008 Australian Young Adult Book award The host’s Child is an enchanting fable of haunting resonance about the worth of life, the quality of happiness and the power of love.
The host’s Child is the story of Matilda Victoria Adelaide, a 75 year-old woman who once traveled the world with her father searching for the world’s most beautiful thing. Matilda was an only child who longed for her life to be as mystifying and magical as a fairytale. One day a strange young man appears unannounced in her lounge room. She offers him tea and biscuits and tells her story of falling in love with a wild boy named Feather and her attempt to build a ‘respectable’ life with him.

Sally Richardson and her team have created a theatrical space to tell a story that explores the concept of imagination and conjures up the forever contested and cherished landscape of memory. It is exciting to see a nationally recognised director premiering work in the rapidly growing regional centre of Mandurah. Fans of Sonja Hartnett, and children between the ages of 9-14 who like a sophisticated fable, or anyone who loves an unapologetically epic romance, will all find something to like in this new independent work. .Arts Hub


Adapted and Directed by
Sally Richardson

Written by
Sonya Hartnett

Performed by
Nicola Bartlett
Kynan Hughes
Katya Shevtsov
Oliver Wenn

Music by
Melanie Robinson

Production Design by
Matt McVeigh

Lighting by
Jenny Vila

Props Assistant
Emma Craig

Costumes by
Emma Loughridge

Set Build by
Plumb Construction and Design

Set Eagle Build by
Bianca Perira (Plumb Construction and Design)

Consultant Dramaturgy
Humphrey Bower and Michael Barlow

Production Stage Manager
Chris Donnelley

Produced and toured by Performing Lines WA

Presenter Contact

Rachael Whitworth

Presentation History

Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Mandurah, WA

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