y Plays in One Act selected work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1958 1958
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* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,: Edwards and Shaw , 1958 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Drought, M. S. Armstrong , 1924 single work drama

After years of drought, selectors Joe and Ellie have reached their breaking point. In fact the struggle has brought them to the brink of madness. The pair argue and reminisce about everything and nothing before Joe finally decides in a moment of clarity that Ellie should leave and go back to her family in the city. Although she is somewhat hesitant Joe begs her to go quickly before his sanity leaves him. Ellie gathers a few possessions and walks to the door. As she is about to leave she notices that the sky is getting dark. 'Clouds cranking' up a bit I expect,' says Joe, in reference to the smoke from the incessant bushfires. Ellie leaves and shortly afterwards Joe turns his rifle on himself. At the same time he fires the gun a crack of thunder is heard, followed by the sound of wild rain. Moments later his wife rushes in....

The play is set entirely within the livingroom of a bush shanty situated near the Bogan River, New South Wales.

Penny Dreadful, M. S. Armstrong , 1958 single work drama
A second wife slowly discovers that her predecessor was poisoned.
Thomas, M. S. Armstrong , 1958 single work drama
A nephew momentarily disrupts the life of his aunts. Thomas (of the title) is the aunts' cat, sent to live elsewhere to keep him out of the nephew's way. 'A sympathetic study of spinsterhood in one of its aspects' (Comments, p. 15 Campbell Howard).

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One-Act Plays 1958 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 12 November vol. 79 no. 4109 1958; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Plays in One Act M. S. Armstrong 1958 selected work drama
One-Act Plays 1958 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 12 November vol. 79 no. 4109 1958; (p. 58-59)

— Review of Plays in One Act M. S. Armstrong 1958 selected work drama
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