y All My Love single work   drama   historical fiction  
Adaptation of All My Love Anne Brooksbank 1991 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 2015 2015
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'Their lives could have been written so differently: the story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore’s lost love makes its world premiere at The Joan in July 2015.

'Still revered across Australia, Henry Lawson is one of the nation’s favourite writers and poets. His contemporary, Mary Gilmore, was a literary icon and radical socialist. Both had enormous influence over each other. Both were heroes of literature. Both were later the face of Australia’s currency.

'Both were secretly betrothed to each other.

'At the end of the 19th Century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother, the suffragette Louise Lawson.

'What followed was the beginning of a love affair, soon thwarted by a devastating deception.

'After researching Mary Gilmore’s memoirs, writer Anne Brooksbank first uncovered the tale of loving promises between two of Australia’s most famous writers. Taken from excerpts from the couple’s surviving letters, this is the first time Henry and Mary’s forbidden relationship has been brought to the professional stage.'

Source: Blurb from the Joan Sutherland Centre for Performing Arts.

Production Details

  • Premiered at The Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre in Western Sydney, where it played from 17 to 21 July 2015.

    Director: Denny Lawrence.

    Cast members: Kim Denman (Mary Gilmore) and Dion Mills (Henry Lawson).

    Producer/Artistic Director: Christine Harris.

    Design: Jacob Battista.

    Sound Design: Chris Hubbard Sound Design.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      2015 .
      Extent: 120min. (including interval)p.
    • Marrickville, Marrickville - Camperdown area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Noisy Press , 2016 .
      Extent: 1vp.
      ISBN: 9780992499839
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