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by Tony Roma
posted 13/01/2020

Iron In The Blood @ City Recital Hall

In association with Sydney Festival – A Musical Adaption of Robert Hughes’ The Fatal Shore by Jeremy Rose and The Earshift Orchestra

Inspired by Robert Hughes’ famous book The Fatal ShoreIron in the Blood is a captivating musical production with jazz orchestra, visual projections and narrated by acclaimed actors William Zappa and Patrick Dickson.

Iron in the Blood weaves together Hughes’ text with stunning projections, the documented voices of early colonists and a score praised for its eclecticism and boldness. Composed and conducted by Jeremy Rose the work is brought to life by his award-winning 17 piece Earshift Orchestra featuring Australia’s new generation of creative jazz talent.

This is a powerful work that celebrates The Fatal Shore, probably Australia’s best-read history book, and the harrowing tapestry of Australia’s colonial past.

“Jazz orchestra and two actors with superbly complementary big-screen visuals – the work is a dialogue between idioms and eras. This is a major Australian work…” ★★★★½ Sydney Morning Herald

What: Iron In The Blood

Who: Jeremy Rose and the Earsuift Orchestra

When: Thursday 23rd January 2020

Where: City Recital Hall

To Find Out More & To Book Online Click Here


Composer, conductor and saxophonist
Jeremy Rose
William Zappa and Philip Quast
Visual Design
Mic Gruchy

The Earshift Orchestra 

Tim Clarkson
Scott McConnachie
Michael Avgenicos
Karl Laskowski
Paul Cutlan
Anthony Kable
Jacob Parks
Mike Raper
Colin Burrows
Patrick McMullin
Callum G’Froerer
Ellen Kirkwood
Nick Garbett
Ben Hauptmann
Joseph O’Connor
Tom Botting
Danny Fischer