Musical Theatre

Driftwood The Musical

An epic story of love, courage and survival.

  • Dates 3 - 20 May

  • Times See below

  • Ticket prices See below

An epic story of love, courage and survival.

Driftwood The Musical tells the inspirational story of renowned Austrian/Australian sculptor Karl Duldig and his artist/inventor wife, Slawa Horowitz-Duldig.

Follow their lives from pre-war Vienna, to Slawa’s ingenious invention of the foldable umbrella and an incredible chain of events, miraculously escaping the Holocaust and rebuilding their careers as artists in Melbourne. A magical story of art and creativity, survival and perseverance, family, freedom and love.

Adapted for the stage by award-winning playwright Jane Bodie, composer and musical director Anthony Barnhill, and based on the original memoir by Eva de Jong-Duldig. Acclaimed director Gary Abrahams brings a stellar cast to the stage.

Click on the red BOOK TICKETS button on the right to purchase tickets online or alternatively call the Box Office on (03) 8290 7000, Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm for personal service.

Click HERE to learn about exclusive Dining Packages for Driftwood The Musical ticket holders.

Official Trailer

What the critics are saying

  • 'The stagecraft is mesmerising. The music is sublime. The acting and singing are superlative. This story and stunningly-crafted musical deserves to tour the world as a beacon of hope, and a reminder to avoid history repeating itself.'

    Australian Stage
  • 'Driftwood comes together with so much talent and commitment. The family history behind this show is one of extraordinary courage, ingenuity and artistic triumph in the face of the enormity of the Holocaust and the unimaginable trauma and loss experienced by those who survived it. Director Gary Abrahams keeps the story’s emotional core vivid and convincing and Anthony Barnhill’s score suits the material well. The singing is excellent. Based on a true story, this show has heart.'

    The Age (Cameron Woodhead)


3 - 20 May


Wednesday 3 May: 7.30pm (Preview)
Thursday 4 May: 7.30pm
Friday 5 May: 7.30pm
Saturday 6 May: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 7 May: 2pm
Wednesday 10 May: 1pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 11 & Friday 12 May: 7.30pm
Saturday 13 May: 2pm & 7.30pm
Sunday 14 May: 2pm & 7pm
Wednesday 17 May: 1pm & 7.30pm
Thursday 18 May: 7.30pm
Friday 19 May: 7.30pm
Saturday 20 May: 2pm & 7.30pm


$69.90 Standard
$39.90 Child
$45.90 Concession
$59.90 Groups (8+)
$39.90 Restricted Viewing
$49.90 Preview performance (3 May)

$29 School Groups (10+) – phone bookings only


Two hours & 20-minutes (incl. 20-minute interval)

All Chapel Off Chapel performances have a strict lockout policy. Latecomers may not be admitted. Please arrive at least 15-minutes before performance time.

Seating & Accessibility

Seating: Allocated Seating

Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15-minutes prior to the performance start time.

PLEASE NOTE: If you require accessible seating or wheelchair access, call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000, Monday-Friday between 10am and 4pm to book your tickets.


References to war & persecution
This performance is suitable for ages 10+

Additional Information

To protect your health and safety and that of our team we have the following measures in place:


Venue will open one hour prior to showtime.
The venue will be CASHLESS.
Mask wearing is strongly encouraged when inside the theatres.


Chapel Off Chapel and the City of Stonnington have comprehensive COVID Safe plans in place.