The Secret River was written as a result of Kate Grenville's desire to find out more about her ancestor, Solomon Wiseman. More information on the book can be found on Kate Grenville's website. She has also written a book called "Searching for the Secret River" which is a fascinating read about her journey with writing the book.
The play was adapted for stage by Andrew Bovell and directed by Neil Armfield .... playing at at His Majesty's Theatre in Perth. It was excellent. It brought the book to life. The set was just wonderful and the acting superb. We were lucky to get tickets as the whole season sold out!
The Secret River (Perth Festival website)
The Secret River (You Tube link) 7:42 mins (for a little glimpse of the production)
Secret River - Sydney Festival - Photo Gallery (2 pictures)
ABC on The Secret River (audio podcast link in this article)
ABC Arts blog (includes pictures)