y The Torrents single work   drama   - Three acts
First known date: 1955 Issue Details: First known date: 1955 1955
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Adaptations

form y The Torrents Oriel Gray , Melbourne : ABC Television , 1968 Z1821220 1968 single work film/TV

Notes

  • Adapted as a musical, A Bit O' Petticoat by Ray Kolle and Peter Pinne, performed in 1984, published by Yackandandah, 1992.

Production Details

  • First produced at Stow Hall by the Adelaide New Theatre, 9 August 1956. Produced by the State Theatre Company, South Adelaide, August 1996.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
[Untitled], Oriel Gray , 1955-1996 extract autobiography (p. xv-xvi)
The Torrents, Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work criticism (p. xii-xiv)
Oriel Gray and the New Theatre, Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work criticism biography (p. ix-xii)
The Torrents and the Doll, Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work column (p. viii-ix)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      .
      Extent: 130 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Typescript (carbon copy)
      • Includes revisions to Act 2, Scene 1.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H0697A

Works about this Work

The Sacrifice of Oriel Gray (1920-2003) : Australian Playwright Merrilee Moss , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , no. 68 2016; (p. 75-96)
'Between 1943 and 1960, Australian playwright Oriel Gray had more than fourteen theatre scripts produced in almost every capital city of Australia. She was arguably the first playwright-in-residence in Australia's history and one of only a few Australian playwrights to make her living from her work. She wrote numerous radio plays for 2KY in the 1940s and many more for the then Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in the 1950s. She was well respected and well reviewed. She won many playwriting awards, including the Wagga Wagga play competition prize in 1946 for My Life Is My Affair, the J.C. Williamson Guild competition prize in 1960 for Burst of Summer and the 1955 Playwrights Advisory Board's (PAB) prize for the best Australian play with her script The 'Torrents'.' (Publication abstract)
History and Mystery and Suffragettes on the Australian Stage : A Consideration of Women's Suffrage as Presented in Australian Theatre Susan Pfisterer , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Siting the Other : Re-Visions of Marginality in Australian and English-Canadian Drama 2001; (p. 85-98)
Memory and Place: History Plays Contesting the Past Susan Pfisterer , Carolyn Pickett , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Playing with Ideas : Australian Women Playwrights from the Suffragettes to the Sixties 1999; (p. 222-247)
Untitled Helen Thomson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 32 1998; (p. 147-150)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright 1995 single work drama ; The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Stage by Stage Jo Litson , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 August 1996;
Examines the re-staging of Oriel Gray's The Torrents by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in August 1996.
Trickle of Humor Dampens Torrents Tim Lloyd , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 August 1996; (p. 30)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Desperate Bid to Revive Monster Proves Hopeless Peter Ward , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 August 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
The Importance of Irrelevance John Edge , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 September vol. 116 no. 6037 1996; (p. 84)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Pressing Issues Murray Bramwell , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , September no. 156 1996; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Four Australian Women Playwrights Iris O'Loughlin , Marjorie Fitzgerald , Mona Brand , Nancy Wills , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , no. 21 1995; (p. 129-152)
Four Australian women playwrights discuss aspects of their work. Includes extracts from plays performed at the conference.
The Play that Time Forgot Michelle Arrow , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 9 December 1995; (p. 35-37)
Torrents of Feeling John Mangan , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 3 March 1995; (p. 18)
FemLit : Here We Go Again - But Why? Charles Wright , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 May 1989; (p. 84)
The Torrents and the Doll Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work column
— Appears in: The Torrents 1996; (p. viii-ix)
The Torrents Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Torrents 1996; (p. xii-xiv)
Trickle of Humor Dampens Torrents Tim Lloyd , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 August 1996; (p. 30)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Desperate Bid to Revive Monster Proves Hopeless Peter Ward , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 August 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
The Importance of Irrelevance John Edge , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 September vol. 116 no. 6037 1996; (p. 84)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Pressing Issues Murray Bramwell , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , September no. 156 1996; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Untitled Helen Thomson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 32 1998; (p. 147-150)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright 1995 single work drama ; The Torrents Oriel Gray 1955 single work drama
Stage by Stage Jo Litson , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 August 1996;
Examines the re-staging of Oriel Gray's The Torrents by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in August 1996.
Four Australian Women Playwrights Iris O'Loughlin , Marjorie Fitzgerald , Mona Brand , Nancy Wills , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , no. 21 1995; (p. 129-152)
Four Australian women playwrights discuss aspects of their work. Includes extracts from plays performed at the conference.
The Torrents and the Doll Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work column
— Appears in: The Torrents 1996; (p. viii-ix)
The Torrents Barbara Ann Harding , 1955 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Torrents 1996; (p. xii-xiv)
The Play that Time Forgot Michelle Arrow , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 9 December 1995; (p. 35-37)
Torrents of Feeling John Mangan , 1995 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 3 March 1995; (p. 18)
FemLit : Here We Go Again - But Why? Charles Wright , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 May 1989; (p. 84)
History and Mystery and Suffragettes on the Australian Stage : A Consideration of Women's Suffrage as Presented in Australian Theatre Susan Pfisterer , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Siting the Other : Re-Visions of Marginality in Australian and English-Canadian Drama 2001; (p. 85-98)
Memory and Place: History Plays Contesting the Past Susan Pfisterer , Carolyn Pickett , 1999 single work criticism
— Appears in: Playing with Ideas : Australian Women Playwrights from the Suffragettes to the Sixties 1999; (p. 222-247)
The Sacrifice of Oriel Gray (1920-2003) : Australian Playwright Merrilee Moss , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , no. 68 2016; (p. 75-96)
'Between 1943 and 1960, Australian playwright Oriel Gray had more than fourteen theatre scripts produced in almost every capital city of Australia. She was arguably the first playwright-in-residence in Australia's history and one of only a few Australian playwrights to make her living from her work. She wrote numerous radio plays for 2KY in the 1940s and many more for the then Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in the 1950s. She was well respected and well reviewed. She won many playwriting awards, including the Wagga Wagga play competition prize in 1946 for My Life Is My Affair, the J.C. Williamson Guild competition prize in 1960 for Burst of Summer and the 1955 Playwrights Advisory Board's (PAB) prize for the best Australian play with her script The 'Torrents'.' (Publication abstract)
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