y Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play single work   musical theatre   humour   - One act
Is part of Penguin Australian Drama series - publisher
Issue Details: First known date: 1974 1974
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Adaptations

form y Dimboola Jack Hibberd , Melbourne : Pram Factory Pictures , 1979 Z872646 1979 single work film/TV humour

Based on Jack Hibberd's popular comedic play and set in the small rural Victorian township of Dimboola, the story takes place in the three days leading up to the marriage of locals Maureen Delaney and Morrie McAdam. Although the film adaptation contains much that is in the original play, it also allows the narrative to move beyond the confines of the single stage setting. Framed around a visiting English journalist who has arrived in the town to study the ways of the 'natives,' the story offers up a variety of images and situations that allow the apparently dim-witted Aussies blokes to do typically ratbag and oddball things with and to each other, usually while knocking back another 'tinnie' or trying to crack onto a sheila.

The dramatic action sees, for example, Morrie undergo the rigours of the shearing-shed bucks party. Amid the booze, obscenities, and fist fights arrives Angelique, a stripper who'll do more than just strip--if the price is right! Complications arise when Dangles, the best man, delivers incriminating photographs of Morrie and Angelique to Maureen, and the mayhem worsens when Morrie's mother reveals that the future bride and groom could actually be first cousins because of a pre-marital fling!

Production Details

  • First produced by the Australian Performing Group at La Mama, Carlton, 6 July 1969 and then professionally by the APG at the Pram Factory, Carlton, 25 April 1973. Dimboola has been produced around Australia.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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The Last of the Knucklemen, John Powers , 1973 single work drama

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      Extent: 38 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript with ms. emendations (photocopy).
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      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: Hanger Collection
      Local Id: H0798A
    • Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      Extent: 55p.
      Reprinted: 1977
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      • Two plays issued jointly, with separate front covers (but no back covers) and title pages, and bound together.
      ISBN: 0140700420
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      Extent: 1 vol.p.
      Description: illus., music.
      ISBN: 0140700420
  • Appears in:
    y A Country Quinella : Two Celebration Plays Jack Hibberd , Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1984 Z186592 1984 selected work musical theatre humour Ringwood Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1984
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Plays Jack Hibberd , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2000 Z795032 2000 selected work drama (taught in 3 units)

    Three landmark plays from the renaissance of Australian playwriting: 'White with Wire Wheels' was the first play to examine the insecurity inherent in the male culture of women and cars; 'Dimboola', a Rabelaisian account of a country wedding; Monk O'Neill, of 'A Stretch of the Imagination' has become an archetype of Australian character.

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2000
    pg. 65-106

Works about this Work

Wedding Party Blues Ron Cerabona , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 September 2011; (p. 13)
For Better, For Worse, Dimboola Erin O'Dwyer , 2010 single work prose travel
— Appears in: Red Dust & Wanderlust : Tales of Travel in Australia 2010; (p. 179-186)
Too Close To Home Graeme Blundell , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 March 2008; (p. 6)
Graeme Blundell re-visits the original production of Jack Hibberd's Dimboola (directed by Blundell) and reflects on Hibberd's lack of popularity among theatre companies in the early twenty-first century. Blundell also refers to a 2008 production of the play, noting that Dimboola has been seen by more Australians 'than any other stage musical, comedy or straight play'.
Untitled Bart Hosking , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 April 2008; (p. 2)
Timeless, Riotous Marital Mayhem Martin Ball , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 March 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
y Die Spielregeln Des Miteinanders : Jack Hibberds Dramatisches Werk Rules for Playing Together : Jack Hibberd's Dramatic Work Juliane Lochner , Berne : Peter Lang , 2001 Z864692 2001 single work criticism Discusses Hibberd's dramatic oeuvre, his themes, preoccupations, dramatic techniques and sources, and the development of his theatre career.
Introduction Paul McGillick , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Selected Plays 2000; (p. vii-xviii)
Making Up, Breaking Down (from a Work-in-Progress) Tim Robertson , 1995 extract
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 141 1995; (p. 45-50)
A Divided Reception for Dimboola Samela Harris , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 July 1993; (p. 25)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
See the Play and Join in the Wedding 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 12 March 1992; (p. 18)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
The Literary Larrikin Returns Jane Sullivan , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 11 February 1989; (p. 12)
Jack Hibberd and Australian Popular Theatre John Tittensor , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 1989; (p. 81-86)
y Jack Hibberd Paul McGillick , Amsterdam : Rodopi , 1988 Z117642 1988 selected work criticism biography interview
Jack Hibberd Candida Baker (interviewer), 1987 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 2 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1987; (p. 94-115)
Untitled Hope Hewitt , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 March 1984; (p. 12)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Australian Drama in the Seventies: Vulgarity or a Vulgate? Peter Pierce , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Affairs Bulletin , February vol. 56 no. 9 1980; (p. 4-15)
Jack Hibberd Jennifer Palmer (interviewer), 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Playwrights 1979; (p. 120-136)
Jack Hibberd Peter Fitzpatrick , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: After 'The Doll' : Australian Drama Since 1955 1979; (p. 129-144)
State of Play in Australia Leonard Radic , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 21 July 1979; (p. 21) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 97-101)
Dimboola, Play to Film 1978 single work
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 3 no. 4 1978; (p. 13-15)
Timeless, Riotous Marital Mayhem Martin Ball , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 29 March 2008; (p. 23)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Playhouse Caper Bloody Terrific Dan Drummond , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 12 May vol. 95 no. 4854 1973; (p. 42)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled H. Frizell , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 July 1973; (p. 7)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled Helen Garner , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: Digger , no. 17 1973; (p. 10)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled L. Glickfeld , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Telegraph , 29 April 1973; (p. 30)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled J. Hawley , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 July 1973; (p. 11)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled K. Kemp , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: National Times , 16-21 July 1973; (p. 26)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 July 1973; (p. 23)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled L. Radic , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 28 April 1973; (p. 2)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled J. Robbins , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 December 1973; (p. 23)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled I. Robinson , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 7-12 May 1973; (p. 28)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled B. Watts , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 May 1973; (p. 14)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled Paul Douglas Barron , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 20 March 1974; (p. 3)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled Paul Douglas Barron , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 3 October 1974; (p. 22)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled Virginia Patricia Duigan , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 15-20 April 1974; (p. 21)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled David Rowbotham , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 22 March 1975; (p. 17)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Untitled Hope Hewitt , 1984 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 March 1984; (p. 12)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
See the Play and Join in the Wedding 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Mercury , 12 March 1992; (p. 18)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
A Divided Reception for Dimboola Samela Harris , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 6 July 1993; (p. 25)

— Review of Dimboola : A Wedding Reception Play Jack Hibberd 1974 single work musical theatre
Too Close To Home Graeme Blundell , 2008 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 22-23 March 2008; (p. 6)
Graeme Blundell re-visits the original production of Jack Hibberd's Dimboola (directed by Blundell) and reflects on Hibberd's lack of popularity among theatre companies in the early twenty-first century. Blundell also refers to a 2008 production of the play, noting that Dimboola has been seen by more Australians 'than any other stage musical, comedy or straight play'.
Untitled Bart Hosking , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 5-6 April 2008; (p. 2)
Jack Hibberd Jennifer Palmer (interviewer), 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Playwrights 1979; (p. 120-136)
Wedding Party Blues Ron Cerabona , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 September 2011; (p. 13)
For Better, For Worse, Dimboola Erin O'Dwyer , 2010 single work prose travel
— Appears in: Red Dust & Wanderlust : Tales of Travel in Australia 2010; (p. 179-186)
Australian Drama in the Seventies: Vulgarity or a Vulgate? Peter Pierce , 1980 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Affairs Bulletin , February vol. 56 no. 9 1980; (p. 4-15)
A Goldmine of Vulgarity Brian Hoad , 1974 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 3 August vol. 96 no. 4917 1974; (p. 20-21)
Jack Hibberd Peter Fitzpatrick , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: After 'The Doll' : Australian Drama Since 1955 1979; (p. 129-144)
The Literary Larrikin Returns Jane Sullivan , 1989 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 11 February 1989; (p. 12)
Jack Hibberd Candida Baker (interviewer), 1987 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 2 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1987; (p. 94-115)
y Jack Hibberd Paul McGillick , Amsterdam : Rodopi , 1988 Z117642 1988 selected work criticism biography interview
Making Up, Breaking Down (from a Work-in-Progress) Tim Robertson , 1995 extract
— Appears in: Overland , Summer no. 141 1995; (p. 45-50)
A Toast to Jack Hibberd Robert Drewe , 1976 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 March vol. 98 no. 5000 1976; (p. 54)
Dimboola, Play to Film 1978 single work
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 3 no. 4 1978; (p. 13-15)
State of Play in Australia Leonard Radic , 1979 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 21 July 1979; (p. 21) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 97-101)
Introduction Paul McGillick , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Selected Plays 2000; (p. vii-xviii)
y Die Spielregeln Des Miteinanders : Jack Hibberds Dramatisches Werk Rules for Playing Together : Jack Hibberd's Dramatic Work Juliane Lochner , Berne : Peter Lang , 2001 Z864692 2001 single work criticism Discusses Hibberd's dramatic oeuvre, his themes, preoccupations, dramatic techniques and sources, and the development of his theatre career.
Jack Hibberd and Australian Popular Theatre John Tittensor , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Commonwealth , Autumn vol. 12 no. 1 1989; (p. 81-86)
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