Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

POSTPONED: The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion


A daring and wild musical ride into the hidden histories of some of Australia’s most cunning and formidable colonial women — all original songs and true untold histories.

The Daughters of the Rum Rebellion weaves a tale of the daring female bushrangers who ranged colonial Australia, causing trouble and mayhem wherever they go. Using historical accounts and original songs, Gleny Rae & Ilona Harker recount the lives of these forgotten and much maligned femme fatales.

Gleny Rae is one of Australia’s favourite and most hard-working country music performers. Having toured extensively with The Toe Sucking Cowgirls and Gleny Rae Virus and her Playboys, Gleny has added yet another string to her bow as she plays a tough widow with no other choice than to become the bushranger… Madame Ironbark.

Ilona Harker is a well-known performer on the contemporary music circuit as a singer/songwriter and also with her comedic cabaret characters, including the inimitable Mae Wilde. A festival darling, Ilona brings her theatrical talents to the fore with her hilarious rendition of Lady Moonlight.

The story centres on our two fictional heroines, who, after coming a cropper with the local constabulary in Rylstone, escape into the bush and find the hideout of the infamous Jessie Hickman, bushranger and trick rider. Lady Moonlight, whose hopes of being a society darling are dashed after her fall from grace, rallies the stalwart and sensible Madame Ironbark into forming a bushranging gang. They become inspired using song and historical accounts of the heroic and wild tales of Black Mary, Mary Ann Bugg, Jessie Hickman and Molly Morgan, who were but a few of the women Australia’s bushranging history has overlooked. The musical adventure of these daring women will take you all over Australia, from Hobart, Maitland, Rylstone, Sofala, Sydney, Parramatta, Eulo, Mudgee and a little town called Uralla.

Adult $25 | Concession $20 | Child $10