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Howard Sumner is a First Nations writer from the Ngarrindjeri nation. His play The Long Forgotten Dream was developed in Rough Drafts in 2017. It is a powerful story based on real cases of Aboriginal remains being repatriated from museums and universities overseas. This play has been chosen for the STC 2018 season and was performed at the Drama Theatre in July/August.
Neil Armfield was the director and Wayne Blair played the main role (Jeremy Tucker). The production was critically acclaimed. In ‘The Australian’ newspaper Wayne Blair’s performance was lauded as his career best. On 21 January 2019 William Barton won ‘Best Original Score of a Main Stage Production’ at the Sydney Theatre Awards for his live music in the production. Wayne Blair received a nomination ‘Best Male Actor in a Play’ in the Helpman Awards.
The Girgensohn Foundation was the Production Partner.