y Travelling North single work   drama   - Two acts
Issue Details: First known date: 1978 1978
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Frank and Frances find new life in a twilight love affair, to the consternation of their conventional children. Their dream takes them north to the sun; but no sooner do they find their idyll than signs of mortality betray Frank's lion spirit. Travelling North is David Williamson's tribute to the generation that fought for change in Australia from the 30s to the 70s; and reaches the rueful conclusion that the legacy of such self-determination is narrow-mindedness and the need for love. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).

Adaptations

form y Travelling North David Williamson , Sydney : View Films , 1986 Z948649 1986 single work film/TV

Travelling North is the story of a man's struggle to retain his dignity in the face of adversity and of his relationships with those around him. The narrative, with its King Lear overtones, revolves around Frank, a crotchety old man who nevertheless has an unending zest and passion for life, and his companion Frances. As events unfold, she watches helplessly as Frank attempts to come to terms with the complexity of his personality and his strong desire to live his remaining days to the fullest.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Hope Wilkinson
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Production Details

  • First produced at the Nimrod Theatre, Sydney, 22 August 1979. Director: John Bell. Also performed during the 1980 Festival of Perth at The Playhouse Theatre.

    Sydney Theatre Company performance : 9 January - 22 March 2014 with Greta Scacchi and Brian Brown as the lead characters.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1980 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
This World and the Next, Philip Parsons , 1978-1980 single work criticism (p. vii-xiv)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1978 .
      Extent: 74 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Series: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts series - publisher

      A collection in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland of manuscript film and play scripts.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H2416

Works about this Work

Beauty and the Beast Grace Blacket , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 January 2014; (p. 3)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
'The actors revisiting a David Williamson play about an older couple find it has a special resonance, writes Grace Blacket.'
Attempt to Deliver a Fresh Edge to Williamson Classic Lacks Warmth Jason Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 January 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Steamy Romance Lacks Wit and Warmth John McCallum , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 January 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
[Untitled] Elissa Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 2 February 2014; (p. 75)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Travelling North, Sydney Theatre Company Jessica Keath , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 30 January 2014;

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Adapting to a Season Without Cate Andrew Taylor , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 September 2013; (p. 16)
Untitled Jason Blake , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 8 March 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Letters Robert Blakeley , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 10 - 16 September no. 702 2008; (p. 5)
Letters Catherine Lawrence , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 10 - 16 September no. 702 2008; (p. 5)
Northern Drift Offers Small Pause for Thought Rosemary Sorensen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 August 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Changing Scenery : The Central Character on the Australian Stage Hilary Beaton , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Defining Acts : Australia on Stage : A Centenary of Federation Exhibition Celebrating the Australian Character on the Popular Stage over the Past 100 Years 2001; (p. 26-33)
‘The marking of the Centenary of Federation is more than just a celebration of past events. Coming of age involves part memory, part invention. The process is to recover, restore and even fabricate the monuments of social history. Landmarks, whether geographical, social or political, are cherished for the ways in which they trigger memories and shape the collective consciousness, this deepening our sense of ourselves as a race, a community or a nation. History resurrected can breathe new life into the established norms and force a reconsideration of assumptions.’ (p. 26)
Introduction Katharine Brisbane , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Collected Plays : Volume II 1993; (p. vii-xiv)
Bittersweet Tale of Old Love Richard Waller , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 May 1993; (p. 14)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
y Reel Meals, Set Meals : Food in Film and Theatre Gaye Poole , Sydney : Currency Press , 1991 Z1536510 1991 single work prose A study of the social and symbolic meaning of food that begins with an overview that demonstrates the use of food in plays throughout the ages and how filmmakers quickly learnt to exploit its potential.
David Williamson : Satiric Comedies Brian Kiernan , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 659-667)
Radio Interview by Margaret Throsby Margaret Throsby (interviewer), 1988-1986 single work interview
— Appears in: David Williamson 1988; (p. 182-195)
Comic - Satiric - Realism : David Williamson's Plays Since "The Department" Brian Kiernan , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 46 no. 1 1986; (p. 3-18)
An Alternative Route : David Williamson's Travelling North Peter Fitzpatrick , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints : H.S.C. English Literature , no. 86 1985; (p. 190-197)
A New Map of Australia : The Plays of David Williamson John McCallum , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 3 1984; (p. 342-354)
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 June 1984; (p. 10)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Three Australian Plays: From 1868 to 1979 May-Brit Akerholt , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 3 no. 2 1981; (p. 144-148)

— Review of Colonial Experience Walter H. Cooper 1868 single work drama ; Boy's Own McBeth : A Really Rotten Tragedy Grahame Bond Jim Burnett 1980 single work musical theatre ; Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Travelling Peter George Kemeny , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Artlook , March vol. 6 no. 3 1980; (p. 13)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled George Mulgrue , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Artlook , April vol. 6 no. 4 1980; (p. 25)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Northern Drift Offers Small Pause for Thought Rosemary Sorensen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 August 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled Jason Blake , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 8 March 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled Elizabeth Perkins , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 8 no. 2 1980; (p. 100-105)

— Review of Gentleman George - King of Melodrama : The Theatrical Life and Times of George Darrell 1841-1921 Eric Irvin 1980 single work biography ; Rusty Bugles Sumner Locke Elliott 1948 single work drama ; Visions Louis Nowra 1978 single work drama ; Lamb of God John Summons 1979 single work drama ; Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama ; Three Political Plays 1980 anthology drama ; The Great God Mogadon Barry Oakley 1980 single work radio play
Untitled Mary Lord , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 23 1980; (p. 23)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Marriage, Unfulfillment and Wish Fulfillment Peter Pierce , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Tasmanian Review , no. 5 1980; (p. 39-40)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama ; Lamb of God John Summons 1979 single work drama
Treatment and Text Alrene Sykes , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: The CRNLE Reviews Journal , May no. 1 1981; (p. 38-40)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled J. McCallum , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 5 no. 6 1981; (p. 44)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
After the Club -- A Love Story H. G. Kippax , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 August 1979; (p. 8) A Leader of His Craft : Theatre Reviews by H. G. Kippax 2004; (p. 234-235)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled Michael Le Moignan , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 8 September 1979; (p. 58)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled S. Olorenshaw , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 27 September 1979; (p. 855)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled L. Radic , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 25 August 1979; (p. 2)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled M. Rodger , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 4 no. 3 1979; (p. 29)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled K. Thomas , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian Magazine , 25-26 August 1979; (p. 9)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Second Opinion Neil Jillett , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 24 November 1979; (p. 25)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled J. Elsom , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , 19 June 1980; (p. 810)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled G. Hutchinson , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 4 no. 6 1980; (p. 37-38)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 24 June 1980; (p. 8)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Introduction Katharine Brisbane , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Collected Plays : Volume II 1993; (p. vii-xiv)
Letters Robert Blakeley , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 10 - 16 September no. 702 2008; (p. 5)
Letters Catherine Lawrence , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 10 - 16 September no. 702 2008; (p. 5)
y Reel Meals, Set Meals : Food in Film and Theatre Gaye Poole , Sydney : Currency Press , 1991 Z1536510 1991 single work prose A study of the social and symbolic meaning of food that begins with an overview that demonstrates the use of food in plays throughout the ages and how filmmakers quickly learnt to exploit its potential.
An Alternative Route : David Williamson's Travelling North Peter Fitzpatrick , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints : H.S.C. English Literature , no. 86 1985; (p. 190-197)
Changing Scenery : The Central Character on the Australian Stage Hilary Beaton , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Defining Acts : Australia on Stage : A Centenary of Federation Exhibition Celebrating the Australian Character on the Popular Stage over the Past 100 Years 2001; (p. 26-33)
‘The marking of the Centenary of Federation is more than just a celebration of past events. Coming of age involves part memory, part invention. The process is to recover, restore and even fabricate the monuments of social history. Landmarks, whether geographical, social or political, are cherished for the ways in which they trigger memories and shape the collective consciousness, this deepening our sense of ourselves as a race, a community or a nation. History resurrected can breathe new life into the established norms and force a reconsideration of assumptions.’ (p. 26)
Contemporary Australian Drama - A Publisher's View Philip Parsons , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 7 no. 1 1979; (p. 2-16)
A New Map of Australia : The Plays of David Williamson John McCallum , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 11 no. 3 1984; (p. 342-354)
Comic - Satiric - Realism : David Williamson's Plays Since "The Department" Brian Kiernan , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 46 no. 1 1986; (p. 3-18)
Radio Interview by Margaret Throsby Margaret Throsby (interviewer), 1988-1986 single work interview
— Appears in: David Williamson 1988; (p. 182-195)
Australian Drama: Images of a Society Peter Fitzpatrick , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intruders in the Bush : The Australian Quest for Identity 1982; (p. 157-167)
David Williamson : Satiric Comedies Brian Kiernan , 1991 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: International Literature in English : Essays on the Major Writers 1991; (p. 659-667)
This World and the Next Philip Parsons , 1978-1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Travelling North 1980; (p. vii-xiv) London Magazine , n.s. vol.20 no.8-9 1980; (p. 121-126)
Travelling North : David Williamson and Frank Wilson Robert Page (interviewer), 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 4 no. 2 1979; (p. 11-12)
Interview : David Williamson Jim Davidson (interviewer), 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 38 no. 2 1979; (p. 173-186) Sideways from the Page : The Meanjin Interviews 1983; (p. 164-183) David Williamson 1988; (p. 83-97)
David Williamson and "The Australian Sexual Problem" Mark O'Connor , 1982 single work criticism prose
— Appears in: Modern Australian Styles : Three Lectures on Verse and Drama 1982; (p. 39-71)
Adapting to a Season Without Cate Andrew Taylor , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 September 2013; (p. 16)
Last amended 5 Jan 2014 08:19:19
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