y Morning single work   drama   - One act
First known date: 1932 Issue Details: First known date: 1932 1932
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Set in a log cabin in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales during the early goldrush era, Burton and Lucy are two runaway convicts who have hewn out a primitive existence in the harsh bushland. The story begins in the morning, shortly after Lucy has given birth to a son. Burton, a quiet, strong and apparently educated man is tending to the house and his 'wife'. As they consider the impact of the child on their already meagre lives, a prospector, lost during the course of a drunken spree, wanders into their lives. They feed him from their limited supply of food while he gloats about the gold he has found, showing them the nuggets. Each has been named after the use he will put them to. As he sobers up the stranger becomes wary and suspicious of the couple and rightly guesses who they are. He leaves, and shortly afterwards is followed by Burton, armed with his rifle.

Writing of the play in the Australian Women's Weekly following its publication in Best Australian One-Act Plays, Leslie Haylen writes: 'It succeeds on its dramatic situation, the texture of its writing and its craftsmanship. In some respects it is not a "nice" play and is probably all the better for that. It has an ugly ending, in the tragic manner, uses the convict theme, and no doubt if produced someone would want to ban it. Still, it is a brilliant play in every way' (18 September 1937, p.30).

Notes

Production Details

  • 1932: Kiosk Theatre, Fawkner Park, South Yarra (Melbourne); 2 June. [World premiere]

    • Producer Melbourne Little Theatre

    1939: Independent Theatre Clubrooms, Sydney; 17 August


    1940: Workers' Art Club, Sydney; 11 February.

    • Producer Sydney New Theatre
    • Staged along with Cupid Rampant (by Percy Corry) and Black 'ell (by Miles Malleson)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1929 .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Registered for copyright by Mary Isobel Davies (Betty M. Davies) on 29 May 1929. Application accepted on 30 May 1929.

      Holdings

      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Local Id: A1336 /18671
      Note:
      19 leaves

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: Hanger Collection of Australian Playscript
      Local Id: H1495
      Note:
      11 leaves (page 9 is missing)
  • Appears in:
    y Best Australian One-Act Plays William Moore , T. Inglis Moore , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1937 Z304865 1937 anthology drama Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1937 pg. 311-333

Works about this Work

Twenty-One Fine Plays Hail Our Artistic Coming Of Age Leslie Haylen , 1937 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Weekly , 18 September 1937;

— Review of Best Australian One-Act Plays 1937 anthology drama
Four Australian Plays 1930 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 17 October vol. 2 no. 10 1930; (p. 277)
Drama Night Hattie Knight , 1930 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 18 November vol. 2 no. 11 1930; (p. 299-301)

— Review of Morning Betty M. Davies 1932 single work drama ; White Feather Furnley Maurice 1930 single work drama ; The Kitchen Table : a play in one act Vida Lenox 1930 single work drama
Drama Night Hattie Knight , 1930 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 18 November vol. 2 no. 11 1930; (p. 299-301)

— Review of Morning Betty M. Davies 1932 single work drama ; White Feather Furnley Maurice 1930 single work drama ; The Kitchen Table : a play in one act Vida Lenox 1930 single work drama
Four Australian Plays 1930 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 17 October vol. 2 no. 10 1930; (p. 277)
Twenty-One Fine Plays Hail Our Artistic Coming Of Age Leslie Haylen , 1937 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Weekly , 18 September 1937;

— Review of Best Australian One-Act Plays 1937 anthology drama
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