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Issue Details: First known date: 1991 1991
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'On The Whipping Side is a dramatic re-creation of some of the major events of the 1891 Shearers' Strike. The play is set in several parts of Queensland, notably Clermont, Rockhampton and Brisbane during the six months of the strike. The passions and the conflicting ideologies of the time provide the dramatic interest in this play which is as much about the battles between the factions and personalities of the labour movement as it is about the war between capital and labour.' End paper.

Production Details

    • First produced by the Royal Queensland Theatre Co. at the Pilbeam Theatre, Rockhampton, Qld, 16 August 1991.
    • Toured Central, Western, and Northern Queensland and then appeared at the Cremorne Theatre, Brisbane, 10 October 1991.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 1991 .
      Extent: 161p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Note/s:
      • Foreword by Aubrey Mellor (pp.6-7).
      • Introduction by Errol O'Neill (pp.8-10). 'On The Whipping Side completes a trilogy of plays about the history of the labour movement. Although written last, it comes first in the chronology and deals with the 'age of innocence' when the fight for social justice and equality seemed simple and forthright. In reality it was not simple.'
      • Includes Bibliography by Errol O'Neill (pp.142-143)
      • Listing of Playlab Press Publications (pp.145-161).
      ISBN: 0908156413 (pbk.)
      Series: Playlab Press Publication Playlab (publisher), series - publisher
      1991 .
      Extent: [2], 97 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (photocopy).
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Draft copy as at 13 May 1991.
      • Includes letter by Errol O'Neill to Aubrey Mellor, 14 May 1991
      • Other drafts available.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H2014A
    • Fortitude Valley, Fortitude Valley - New Farm area, Brisbane - North East, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2013 .
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      Extent: 1vp.
      Note/s:
      • Available as an PDF download.
      Series: New Vintage Playlab (publisher), series - publisher drama

Works about this Work

Untitled Allan Gardiner , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 26 1995; (p. 204-210)

— Review of On the Whipping Side : A Story of the 1891 Queensland Shearers' Strike Errol O'Neill 1991 single work drama ; Popular Front : A Play Errol O'Neill 1986 single work drama
Play Revives Strike Drama David Bray , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 October 1991; (p. 23)

— Review of On the Whipping Side : A Story of the 1891 Queensland Shearers' Strike Errol O'Neill 1991 single work drama
Play Revives Strike Drama David Bray , 1991 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 11 October 1991; (p. 23)

— Review of On the Whipping Side : A Story of the 1891 Queensland Shearers' Strike Errol O'Neill 1991 single work drama
Untitled Allan Gardiner , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 26 1995; (p. 204-210)

— Review of On the Whipping Side : A Story of the 1891 Queensland Shearers' Strike Errol O'Neill 1991 single work drama ; Popular Front : A Play Errol O'Neill 1986 single work drama
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