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Tim Winton's Shrine is searing play about the way in which we try to own our dead, and the way in which they come to own us.

Tim Winton's Shrine is searing play about the way in which we try to own our dead, and the way in which they come to own us.

A year after the death of their son Jack in an early-morning car crash, Adam and Mary Mansfield are still struggling with what happened. Adam has sold his winery, and his trips to the beach house have become more frequent – anything to avoid Mary's silent suffering. One day he encounters a young woman he used to employ as a cellarhand. June knows her way around a vineyard, and she also knows a lot about Jack. It's a story she needs to share with Adam, the story of his son's final hours.

Set above the rocky headlands of the south coast of Western Australia, between forest and sea, Tim Winton's third play untangles a domestic heartbreak that has morphed into mythology, in a landscape inhabited by ghosts.

'Tim Winton at his very best.' Theatre Australia

'A hypnotic rhapsody of love and pain. You can almost taste the seawater.' Colosoul Magazine

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  • Paperback


    July 23, 2014


    144 pages

    RRP $19.99

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  • EBook


    July 23, 2014

    Penguin eBooks

    96 pages

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Dirt Music
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Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster
Lockie Leonard: Legend
Signs of Life: A Play In One Act
The Turning
The Riders
Cloudstreet the Screenplay
Land's Edge: A Coastal Memoir
Lockie Leonard Human Torpedo
That Eye, The Sky
An Open Swimmer
In the Winter Dark
Minimum of Two


The Crucible
The Greek Plays
Happy Birthday, Wanda June
Babylon Heights
The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Plays Volume One
Development Through Drama
The Fifth Column and Four Stories of the Spanish Civil War
Secret Thoughts
Five Modern No Plays
Nation: The Play
Cute Dogs
Three Classical Tragedies
Buried Child
Take Ten II
Mod Lib Chekhov The Four Essential Plays
Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf
Beauty's Daughter/ Monster/The Gimmick