Macleay Valley
Arts Council Inc


  • 26 Jun 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • South West Rocks School of Arts Hall
  • 180

‘I won’t drink any more… but I won’t drink any less!’

The journey from Merchant Naval Officer to seasick sailor…

Thirst is a two-act theatre performance original work with acoustic music – guitar, banjo, piano, stomp box, blues harp, and vocals as well as a bag full of stories & projections.

THIRST tells the true story of a man named Stan Adams. Stan was an officer in the Australian Merchant Navy in the 1950’s and 60’s. He had a good life, great job, a lovely wife and 2 great kids in Sydney.

Stan walked away from everything he had, to live rough on the streets. To drink rum and cough mixture with two of his navy mates, eating and surviving from garbage bins and the goodwill of those he met.

Set in the early nineteen eighties THIRST is both comic and tragic.

Stan came and stayed with us for a weekend respite at “the Manor”, a broken-down old share house in Epping. The 6 of us young housemates became besotted with Stan’s character, charm & whimsical nature.

In our home four decades ago, unlikely friendships were forged between the 6 young lads and this Drunken Sailor. The impact would last a lifetime.

Written and performed by one of the 6 housemates, Deebee Bishop, THIRST tells the story of what happened to us all.

“He came to stay for one weekend and stayed for the rest of his life.”

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