The Emperor of Sydney single work   drama  
Is part of The Boyce Trilogy Louis Nowra 2004-2006 series - author drama
Issue Details: First known date: 2006 2006
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'As their father dies in the master bedroom above the huge Beauchamp mansion living room, three sons fight for control of the family construction company.

There are two immediate problems - the company is near bankruptcy because of a huge stalled project (their father's personal vision) and they are facing a criminal investigation into the father's role in the suspicious death of the project's outspoken critic.

There is Todd, the black sheep of the family who wants to prove himself, Keith, the oldest who believes it is his natural right and the youngest, Luke, who is driven by the death of the only woman he has ever loved.

The one who wins will be the most ruthless.

The victor faces losing his soul in the fight.' (Griffin Theatre website, http://www.griffintheatre.com.au/production.cfm?productionID=17)

Notes

  • The Emperor of Sydney is the final instalment of The Boyce Family Trilogy, (which includes The Woman with Dog's Eyes and The Marvellous Boy) written especially for Griffin Theatre .

Production Details

  • World premiere season produced by the Griffin Theatre Company at the SBW Stables Theatre, Sydney, 16 August - 23 September 2006. Director: David Berthold.

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First known date: 2006
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    y The Boyce Trilogy Louis Nowra , Sydney : Currency Press , 2007 Z1219363 2004-2006 series - author drama

    'After an extensive period of writing for film, Louis Nowra returns to the stage with The Boyce Trilogy, an epic saga about the Boyce family, a family made wealthy through property development. The trilogy starts with The Woman with Dog's Eyes which introduces us to the Boyce family as they gather to celebrate the parents' 40th wedding anniversary. Inspired by events that traumatised Sydney's Moran family, the play explores the universal themes of family, love and disappointment.

    'The second part of the trilogy, The Marvellous Boy, unwraps the story of this notorious Sydney family. Malcolm Boyce is dying at a time when his biggest building project - and so his whole empire - is threatened by protesters. He hires an important criminal, the charismatic Ray Pollard, to threaten his enemies. Malcolm gets his son, Luke, to liaise with Ray. Luke not only falls under Ray's spell but also finds himself involved with his father's mistress. The results are tragic. This story follows Luke from detachment into an emotional involvement that will be liberating and then shattering as the consequences of his and his father's moral duplicity emerge.

    'In the final instalment of the trilogy, The Emperor of Sydney, the three sons fight for control of the company as their father lays dying in the master bedroom above the huge Beauchamp mansion living room. The company is near bankruptcy because of a huge stalled project (their father's personal vision) and they are facing a criminal investigation into the father's role in the suspicious death of the project's outspoken critic.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Sydney : Currency Press , 2007
    pg. 117-174

Works about this Work

The Emperor Strikes Back Sunanda Creagh , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 August 2006; (p. 14)
Machinations of a Final Family Feud Mark Hopkins , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 August 2006; (p. 21)

— Review of The Emperor of Sydney Louis Nowra 2006 single work drama
Machinations of a Final Family Feud Mark Hopkins , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19-20 August 2006; (p. 21)

— Review of The Emperor of Sydney Louis Nowra 2006 single work drama
The Emperor Strikes Back Sunanda Creagh , 2006 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 August 2006; (p. 14)
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