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y Ned Kelly : A Play single work   drama   - Four acts
  • Author: Douglas Stewart http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/stewart-douglas
Issue Details: First known date: 1942 1942
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Notes

  • Dedication: To Cecil Mann
  • Author's note: ...In its broad outline, and in many details, the play is historically accurate. But it does not pretend to be accurate in every detail; and, in fact, some deliberate elimination and compression of history, as well as some invention, was necessary to fit the story into dramatic form. Charles White's The Kelly Gang was the chief source of information. The two Kellys, Hart and Byrne are portrayed as I imagine they were in real life. All the other characters, though they bear the names of people who once lived, should be regarded as fictional. D.A.S.

  • Other formats: Also sound recording. Also braille.

Production Details

  • First produced as a radio play on the ABC, 21 June 1942 and then as a stage play by the Sydney University Dramatic Society, 14 October 1942, in Melbourne and at the Metropolitan Theatre, Sydney in March 1947. The Canberra Repertory Society produced it at the Albert Hall in July 1952. Also produced professionally in a revised version by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, Sydney, 3 October 1956. Also produced in Auckland and Wellington, NZ, in 1953 and on BBC radio in 1955.

    Click this link for a list of productions of this work in the AusStage database.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1942
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Shepherd Press , 1946 .
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      Alternative title: Ned Kelly
      Extent: 160,[18]leaves of platesp.
      Edition info: 2nd. ed.
      Description: illus.
  • Appears in:
    y Four Plays Douglas Stewart , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1958 Z389675 1958 selected work drama Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1958 pg. 103-223
  • Appears in:
    y Three Australian Plays Hal Porter , Alan Seymour , Douglas Stewart , Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1963 Z893289 1963 selected work drama Ringwood : Penguin , 1985 pg. 97-236
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      (Manuscript) assertion

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Angus and Robertson , 1956 .
      Extent: 80p.
      Note/s:
      • Author's Preface: ...This is the first time an acting version of Ned Kelly has been published, but by no means the first time such a version has been made. The original being far too long for the normal two and a half hours one can have on the stage -and of course still further beyond the reach of the hour and a half which is the most one can steal from the radio-it has had to be cut for every production.

        In making this present version for the first professional stage production in Australia, by the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust, I have had the advantage of many practical suggestions from Mr Hugh Hunt and Mr John Sumner. There is some re-writing in it; and the cuts, while substantially the same as those in earlier adaptations, give, I think much the clearest track yet through the long and sometimes tortuous course of the original.

        While I should like this version to be used in any future production, I should still prefer the full text to be used if the play is reprinted at any time for what literary interest it may have; retaining, however, the present ending, which I trust is the ending to end all endings....D.A.S.

  • Appears in:
    y Three Australian Plays Hal Porter , Alan Seymour , Douglas Stewart , Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1963 Z893289 1963 selected work drama Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1963 pg. 97-236
  • Appears in:
    y Three Australian Plays Hal Porter , Alan Seymour , Douglas Stewart , Harmondsworth : Penguin , 1963 Z893289 1963 selected work drama Ringwood : Penguin , 1994 pg. 97-236

Works about this Work

Your History : Manning Clark's History of Australia and the End of the New Wave Alison Richards , 2014 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 64 2014; (p. 177-198)
' 'Ned's is a bitch legend - wrong from the start - but Australia's in it - yes; something of a country where only eagles are fit to travel the skies, and men like eagles to ride it.' According to historian Manning Clark, these lines, spoken by the actor playing Joe Byrne in a production of Donald Stewart's Ned Kelly at the University of Melbourne in 1944, 'started me off on a great journey'. Forty years later, his compliment to the theatre was returned by Tim Robertson and Don Watson in their project to adapt Clark's massive, six-volume A History of Australia ('History') for the stage.' (Publication abstract)
Dramatic Punt on Old Tote John McCallum , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 March 2013; (p. 13)
Peter Carey's Ned Kelly Peter Coleman , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , November no. 206 2000; (p. 10)
Going Home to Love and Loss Helen Thomson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 March 1997; (p. C5)

— Review of Up the Road John Harding 1991 single work drama ; Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Untitled Peter Robinson , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , October no. 146 1995; (p. 29)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Song and Verse of the Old Southern Road Valerie Thompson , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 54 no. 1 1994; (p. 75-85)
Life in Three Acts Brian Hoad , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 October 1989; (p. 111-112)

— Review of Shellcove Road Alex Buzo 1988 single work drama ; Daylight Saving Nick Enright 1989 single work drama ; Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Kelly Rides Again Jeremy Eccles , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , October no. 17 1989; (p. 21)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
This Ned Kelly is All Talk Pamela Payne , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 September 1989; (p. 12)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Mateship and Individualism in Modern Australian Drama Dennis Carroll , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Journal , vol. 34 no. 1982; (p. 467-80)
Uses these four plays to discuss the restrictions created by mateship and how it affects ralationships with women. Article makes frequent comparisons to American society and plays.
Radio Drama : The Australian Experience Rodney Pybus , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Radio Drama 1981; (p. 244-259)
Ned Kelly : The Flight of the Legend John Ryan , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 3 no. 2 1967; (p. 98-115)
y Companion to Douglas Stewart : Ned Kelly Max Lawson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 Z1201680 1965 single work criticism
Australian Drama Since Summer of the Seventeenth Doll H. G. Kippax , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , September vol. 23 no. 3 1964; (p. 229-242) On Native Grounds : Australian Writing from Meanjin Quarterly 1967; (p. 193-204) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 137-152)
Douglas Stewart: Poet, Playwright and Critic Owen W. Reid , 1963 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tasmanian Education , 15 November vol. 15 no. 1963; (p. 243-248)
Three Australian Plays : Introduction Alrene Sykes , 1963-1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Three Australian Plays 1985; (p. 9-23)
Motif in the Work of Douglas Stewart Robert D. FitzGerald , 1963 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Elements of Poetry 1963; (p. 25-50) Considerations : New Essays on Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and Douglas Stewart 1977; (p. 143-168)
Modern Australian Drama : An Outsider's View Irene Gronowski , 1961 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , Autumn vol. 5 no. 2 1961; (p. 67-74)
Second Thoughts About Douglas Stewart David Bradley , 1960 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , no. 3 1960; (p. 23-27)
Dolia Ribush and the Australian Theatre A. A. Phillips , 1958 single work
— Appears in: The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1958; (p. 113-124) The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1966; (p. 145-156)
Life in Three Acts Brian Hoad , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 October 1989; (p. 111-112)

— Review of Shellcove Road Alex Buzo 1988 single work drama ; Daylight Saving Nick Enright 1989 single work drama ; Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Going Home to Love and Loss Helen Thomson , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 10 March 1997; (p. C5)

— Review of Up the Road John Harding 1991 single work drama ; Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Sundry Shows Cauboy , 1944 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 18 October vol. 65 no. 3375 1944; (p. 2)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
The Kelly Gang George Farwell , 1946 single work review
— Appears in: The Australasian Book News and Library Journal , October vol. 1 no. 4 1946; (p. 123-124)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Untitled Alan Tory , 1947 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Observer , 3 May 1947; (p. 10)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
The Voice of Australia Philip Lindsay , 1948 single work review
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 9 no. 2 1948; (p. 125-127)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama ; Shipwreck Douglas Stewart 1947 single work drama
Sundry Shows 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 October vol. 77 no. 4000 1956; (p. 9)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Letter Robert D. FitzGerald , 1956 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 15 May 1956; (p. 2)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Ned Kelly- Fearless, Bold and Free? Mary Durack , 1957 single work review
— Appears in: Westerly , no. 2 1957; (p. 36-40)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Untitled Leslie Rees , 1942 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Quarterly , September vol. 14 no. 3 1942; (p. 116-119)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Kelly Rides Again Jeremy Eccles , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , October no. 17 1989; (p. 21)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
This Ned Kelly is All Talk Pamela Payne , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22 September 1989; (p. 12)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Untitled Peter Robinson , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , October no. 146 1995; (p. 29)

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama
Theatre's Brave Presentation of 'Ned Kelly' Alan Tory , 1947 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 March 1947;

— Review of Ned Kelly : A Play Douglas Stewart 1942 single work drama

Tory reviews the 1947 production by May Hollinworth's Metropolitan Theatre. Critique includes: 'The bosomly barmaids are without exception attractive.'

y Companion to Douglas Stewart : Ned Kelly Max Lawson , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1965 Z1201680 1965 single work criticism
Douglas Stewart: Poet, Playwright and Critic Owen W. Reid , 1963 single work criticism
— Appears in: Tasmanian Education , 15 November vol. 15 no. 1963; (p. 243-248)
Dramatic Punt on Old Tote John McCallum , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 March 2013; (p. 13)
Song and Verse of the Old Southern Road Valerie Thompson , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 54 no. 1 1994; (p. 75-85)
Radio Drama : The Australian Experience Rodney Pybus , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Radio Drama 1981; (p. 244-259)
The 'Ned Kelly' Literature C. R. Bradish , 1957 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 18 no. 1 1957; (p. 45-47)
The Shade of Ned Kelly Alan Tory , 1949 single work column
— Appears in: Harbour in Heaven 1949; (p. 21-25)
Three Australian Plays : Introduction Alrene Sykes , 1963-1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Three Australian Plays 1985; (p. 9-23)
Douglas Stewart's 'Ned Kelly' and Australian Romanticism A. A. Phillips , 1956 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Spring vol. 15 no. 3 1956; (p. 260-271) The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1958; (p. 96-112) The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1966; (p. 129-144)
Tamed Man and Lawless Norman Lindsay , 1943 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 March vol. 64 no. 3294 1943; (p. 2)
Motif in the Work of Douglas Stewart Robert D. FitzGerald , 1963 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Elements of Poetry 1963; (p. 25-50) Considerations : New Essays on Kenneth Slessor, Judith Wright and Douglas Stewart 1977; (p. 143-168)
Modern Australian Drama : An Outsider's View Irene Gronowski , 1961 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , Autumn vol. 5 no. 2 1961; (p. 67-74)
Dolia Ribush and the Australian Theatre A. A. Phillips , 1958 single work
— Appears in: The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1958; (p. 113-124) The Australian Tradition : Studies in a Colonial Culture 1966; (p. 145-156)
Second Thoughts About Douglas Stewart David Bradley , 1960 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , no. 3 1960; (p. 23-27)
Ned Kelly and Australian Verse-Drama Leslie Rees , 1943 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 3 March vol. 64 no. 3290 1943; (p. 2)
Australian Drama and Theatre 1958 single work criticism
— Appears in: Current Affairs Bulletin , July vol. 22 no. 7 1958; (p. 115-128)
Ned Kelly : The Flight of the Legend John Ryan , 1967 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , October vol. 3 no. 2 1967; (p. 98-115)
Australian Drama Since Summer of the Seventeenth Doll H. G. Kippax , 1964 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , September vol. 23 no. 3 1964; (p. 229-242) On Native Grounds : Australian Writing from Meanjin Quarterly 1967; (p. 193-204) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 137-152)
The Rehabilitation of Ned Kelly Fred Aarons , 1956 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 May 1956; (p. 2)
Untitled i "Ned Kelly", H. E. Horne , 1943 single work poetry
— Appears in: Meanjin Papers , Summer vol. 2 no. 4 1943; (p. 51)
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