A powerful family saga spanning four generations, The Story of the Miracles at Cookie's Table is a moving testament to culture lived, lost and found, the strength of family, adapting and gathering together.
In the 1870's a girl is born under a tree - her birth tree - chosen to give her strength and wisdom. When the tree is cut down she follows it into the white man's world, working as a cook for the big house on the island. Her tree has become a kitchen table, one she will pass down through successive generations as a legacy - a way of carving out her family stories. Now, generations later, a young man and his mother fight for ownership of the table.
Written by Wesley Enoch
Winner, Patrick White Playwrights Award, 2005
Winner, Helpmann Award Best Actress in a Play, 2008
Produced by Bungabura Productions
First produced by Griffin and Hothouse Theatre Company, this new production is directed and performed by Leah Purcell.
Please note this performance contains frequent coarse language.
"[Leah Purcell in Cookie's Table] is one of the most powerful performances I've seen in years" The Courier-Mail
"A powerful play about family and culture and the ways in which storytelling binds people together." - The Australian
"In an extraordinary powerful performance, Leah Purcell as the mother Annie is mesmerizing. At times raw and vulgar, and at others incredibly vulnerable, she commands the stage and the play with a brilliance that is totally honest." Stage Whispers
"Excellent, abrasive theatre. It should not be missed!" Stage Whispers
"Opening night was a celebration, of culture, of history, of human connection. Cookie's Table is a significant piece of Australian theatre, in content, style and spirit, and this offering from Bungabura is a compelling realisation. Purcell is thrilling to watch. It was quite a ride." Life Music Media
"The characters are complex, the writing fluid and colourful, and the direction detailed yet unpretentious." Life Music Media
"Purcell delivers a startlingly powerful performance." - Daily Telegraph
Want to find out more about the production? Watch the full interview's with director and actress Leah Purcel, and writer Wesley Enoch.Leah Purcel, Director and 'Annie'
Wesley Enoch, Writer