'In his first play, the award-winning David Malouf peoples his stage with characters whose inner selves are as immediate as their environment. A family group gathers at Christmas about the dynamic and manipulative patriach, Willy - a man of many pasts. They are joined by two inquisitive characters bent on uncovering his secret. The relevation uncovers a further mystery of guilt and reconciliation.'
Source: Currency Plays back-cover blurb.
First co-presented by the Sydney Theatre Company and the State Theatre Company of South Australia at the Sydney Opera House, 24 June 1987.
Cast included Laurence Clifford (as Dinny), Paul Goddard (as Kit), Deborah Kennedy (as McClucky), John Wood (as Willy), and Maggie Kirkpatrick (as Hilda), with Heather Mitchell, Geoff Morrell, and David Pledger.
Musicians included Ian Bloxsom, Graeme Leak, Sally Schinckel, and Adrian Wallis.
Director: Jim Sharman with assistant director Katerina Ivak.
Performance repeated with the same cast and crew in Adelaide (The Playhouse) in August 1987.