Roadside memorials to car crash victims have inspired Tim Winton's next play with Black Swan State Theatre Company.
Shrine will open at the Heath Ledger Theatre in September before touring to Canberra as part of a festival to mark the capital's centenary.
Starring John Howard (All Saints, SeaChange) and directed by Black Swan artistic director Kate Cherry, Shrine is the third play Winton and Cherry have collaborated on after Rising Water and Signs of Life.
All of Winton's plays have distinctively WA themes, this time stemming from his observance of roadside white crosses, flowers and mementos set up to honour those killed in car accidents.
Winton said the play was about a wealthy couple trying to come to terms with losing their son in a crash while driving back to Perth from their beach house.
"I guess it is about the way in which we try to own our dead and the way in which they come to own us," Winton said ahead of the launch of Black Swan's 2013 season later this month.
Travelling widely around the State, he had seen roadside shrines popping up everywhere.
"I was interested in the way they commemorate their dead and memorialise road trauma in ways that are touching and kitsch and strange."
Shrine is one of seven Black Swan plays for 2013 to be announced on September 24.