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Australia has been establishing stronger links with Asia—but has been unable to shake off the British monarchy Australia's landmass—which can be viewed as the world's largest ...

Man from Mukinupin

Man from Mukinupin  

A: Dorothy Hewett Pf: 1979, Perth, Australia Pb: 1980 G: Musical drama in 2 acts S: Mukinupin, Western Australia, 1912–20 C: 7m, 7f (includes doubling)In the town of Mukinupin, members of the ...
Black-Ey'd Susan

Black-Ey'd Susan  

(1829),by the English writer Douglas Jerrold, was the first professionally produced play in Australia, performed in Sydney at Barnett Levey's Theatre Royal in 1832.
No Sugar

No Sugar  

A: Jack Davis Pf: 1985, Perth, Australia Pb: 1986 G: Drama in 4 acts; English and Nyoongarah (Aboriginal) S: Northam, Perth, and Moore River Reserve, Western Australia, 1929–34 C: 12m, 8fEveryone in ...
Drovers

Drovers  

A: Louis Esson Pf: 1920, Melbourne Pb: 1923 G: Drama in 1 act S: Droving camp, Barklay Tableland, Australia, c.1920 C: 6m, 1 child (m)It is early morning in the camp for the men driving cattle across ...
A Stretch of the Imagination

A Stretch of the Imagination  

A: Jack Hibberd Pf: 1972, Melbourne Pb: 1973 G: Monodrama in 1 act S: Monk O'Neill's hut and surroundings, Australian outback, 1960s C: 1mMonk O'Neill has rejected society, or been rejected by it, ...
Floating World

Floating World  

A: John Romeril Pf: 1974, Melbourne Pb: 1975 G: Drama in 20 scenes S: A cruise ship to Japan and Yokohama, 1975 C: 6m, 1fLes and Irene Harding, a middle-aged working-class Australian couple, are on a ...
Chapel Perilous

Chapel Perilous  

AT: The Perilous Adventures of Sally Banner A: Dorothy Hewett Pf: 1971, Perth Pb: 1972; rev. 1977 G: Musical drama in 2 acts; prose and verse S: Western Australia, 1930s–60s C: 6m, 5f (includes ...
Our Country's Good

Our Country's Good  

A: Timberlake Wertenbaker Pf: 1988, London Pb: 1988 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Convict ship and settlement, Australia, 1787–9 C: 17m, 5fIn 1787 the first convicts are shipped to Australia, guarded by ...
Away

Away  

A: Michael Gow Pf: 1986, Sydney Pb: 1985 G: Drama in 5 acts S: Australian town, hotel, campsites, 1967–8 C: 5m, 5f, extrasThree families are going on vacation over the Christmas (summer) break: ...
Removalists

Removalists  

A: David Williamson Pf: 1971, Melbourne Pb: 1972 G: Play in 2 acts S: Police station and the Carters' flat, Melbourne, 1970s C: 4m, 2fSergeant Dan Simmonds is an old-time cynical policeman in his ...
Blue Heart (Heart's Desire; Blue Kettle)

Blue Heart (Heart's Desire; Blue Kettle)  

A: Caryl Churchill Pf: 1997, Bury St Edmunds Pb: 1997 G: 2 dramas, each in 1 act S: (1) Brian and Alice's kitchen; (2) Public places, Derek and Enid's flat, Vanes' house, geriatric ward, England, ...
Season at Sarsaparilla

Season at Sarsaparilla  

A: Patrick White Pf: 1962, Adelaide Pb: 1965 G: Drama in 2 acts S: Kitchens and yards of 3 middle-class families, suburbs of Sydney, 1960s C: 9m, 5f, 2 children (f)Three families are beginning their ...
Educating Rita

Educating Rita  

A: Willy Russell Pf: 1980, London Pb: 1981 G: Com. in 2 acts S: Tutor's room in northern English university (Liverpool), 1970s C: 1m, 1fFrank, failed poet and unenthusiastic university lecturer in ...
Front Room Boys

Front Room Boys  

A: Alexander Buzo Pf: 1969, Sydney Pb: 1970 G: Com. in 12 scenes S: An office, 1960s C: 7m, 2fEach scene takes place in a different month of the year, beginning with January. The front room clerks ...
Golden Age

Golden Age  

A: Louis Nowra Pf: 1985, Melbourne Pb: 1985; rev. 1988 G: Drama in 2 acts; English with some patois S: Hobart, Collingwood, and south-west forests, Tasmania, and Berlin, 1939–45 C: 12m, 7fPeter ...
Drovers, The

Drovers, The (1920)   Quick reference

The Oxford Dictionary of Plays (2 ed.)

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...Briglow, and chants as Briglow dies. While Australian theatre was performing almost exclusively foreign imports, Esson from 1910 onwards wrote authentic Australian drama, usually set amongst the poor and often in the bush. In The Drovers he depicts the rough male camaraderie of the cattle men and the tough decisions that have to be faced. Briglow unsentimentally assents to being abandoned by his mates, because death has ‘to come sooner or later’. Through this acceptance, he becomes close to the soul of Australia, and the Aborigine will organize a...

No Sugar

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...Sugar Author: Jack Davis Date/place of 1st performance: 1985 , Perth, Australia Date of 1st publication: 1986 Genre: Drama in 4 acts; English and Nyoongarah (Aboriginal) Setting/time of action: Northam, Perth, and Moore River Reserve, Western Australia, 1929–34 Cast: 12m, 8f Everyone in Northam in Western Australia is feeling the effects of the Depression, including the cheery, rough Munday family, Aborigines confined to their reserve. Auber Octavius Neville, Chief Protector of Aborigines, is having difficulty finding a suitable location...

Man from Mukinupin, The

Man from Mukinupin, The (1979)   Quick reference

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...Jack's theatrical talent, and he and Polly leave to join a musical comedy troupe. This is one of the most performed Australian plays, offering a rich theatrical experience with song, dance, humour, and powerful incident. Hewett's concerns with the environment and with the substratum of Australian society with its history of violent suppression of the native culture of the Aborigines, have clearly found resonance with contemporary Australian...

Floating World, The

Floating World, The (1974)   Quick reference

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... Date/place of 1st performance: 1974 , Melbourne Date of 1st publication: 1975 Genre: Drama in 20 scenes Setting/time of action: A cruise ship to Japan and Yokohama, 1975 Cast: 6m, 1f Les and Irene Harding, a middle-aged working-class Australian couple, are on a cut-price cruise from Australia to Japan. While Irene chatters, flirts, and generally enjoys herself on board, her husband sinks into a sullen mood and begins to drink heavily. His depression is occasioned by memories of the time he spent in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in...

Our Country's Good

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...Country's Good Author: Timberlake Wertenbaker Date/place of 1st performance: 1988 , London Date of 1st publication: 1988 Genre: Drama in 2 acts Setting/time of action: Convict ship and settlement, Australia, 1787–9 Cast: 17m, 5f In 1787 the first convicts are shipped to Australia, guarded by naval officers who rule the colony with military discipline. Despite the humane attitude of Governor Arthur Phillip , convicts are flogged for insubordination, and three are hanged for theft. Midshipman Harry Brewer is haunted by Handy Baker, a...

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