y Sur Le Pont single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1945 1945
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Set in the wardrobe room of the Talma Theatre in the small French provincial town of Arles in June 1944, the narraive begins shortly after an allied bombing raid has destoyed the armament compound hidden by the German military beneath the town's railway bridge. The members of the small theatre company, which is currently presenting a revue, become aware that one of them is now passing information to the military police in order to propel his career opportunities elsewhere. The traitor is soon identified as Charles Durrer, and they become aware that every word they say might be used against them. The problem is that theatre people know how to act... to lie convincingly... and what each of them thinks they know might not be the truth.

The characters in the play are: Emile (wardrobe mistress), Julie (one half of the Bellini Sisters act - not actually sisters), Fifine (the other Bellini Sister), Barron (stage manager), Paul Lanyon (actor/entertainer), Charles Durrier (actor/entertainer), Albert (Lanyon's onstage partner), and Annette (actress/entertainer).


  • Sur Le Pont was first performed alongside Geneva (Act I) by Bernard Shaw, and The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass.
  • The title refers to a song of the same name.

Production Details

  • 1945: New Theatre, Sydney; 11 August [premiere]

    • Director Jerold Wells
    • Sur Le Pont was presented as part of an evening on one-act plays. The other works staged were: Geneva (Act I) by Bernard Shaw, and The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1945
      Extent: 14 l.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Original manuscript marked up for the part of Julie.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H0696
Last amended 25 May 2016 11:18:45
  • Arles,
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1944
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