Plays of the 50s - Volume 1

Plays of the 50s - Volume 1 $19.99

Katherine Brisbane - ed

Published by Currency Press

Includes Shipwreck by Douglas Stewart & Sky Without Birds by Oriel Gray & Night of the Ding Dong by Ralph Peterson & The Day Before Tomorrow by Ric Throssell

Shipwreck (1951) recreates the infamous mutiny that occurred after the Dutch ship Batavia foundered off the northwest Australian coast in 1629

It is a complex and literary play which depicts with sympathy the anarchic mutineers Cornelius, Huyssen and Seevanck

Stewart, best known as a poet, was also a masterful verse dramatist


Sky Without Birds (1950)

A three-act drama deals with isolation and prejudice against postwar immigrants set on a Nullarbor Plain railway siding

Written the year Gray left the Communist party, Sky Without Birds is the first play she wrote rebutting party beliefs and giving primacy to individual morality

Nevertheless, Gray retained her concern for the underprivileged


The Night of the Ding-Dong (1954)

Ralph Peterson's second play is a comedy set in Adelaide at the time of the Crimean War, when the locals feared a Russian invasion


The Day Before Tomorrow (1956)

Anti-nuclear-war play about a family of survivors following a nuclear war

"Erects a small cairn to the indestructibility of the human spirit" ~ Scotsman, 1960


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