The Man Underground single work   drama   radio play  
Issue Details: First known date: 2007 2007
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''The Man Underground' is set in the remote opal town of Ginger Whisker. The town's named after the flaw found in much of the opal mined in the region - a thread of ginger whisker. Simon Crown runs the town's only radio station. Divorced, broke, and quite possibly an alcoholic, he soon discovers that it's not only the opal that's flawed in Ginger Whisker.

'When the local bank manager, Bill Mellish, sidles up to Crown at the bar he thinks nothing of it. It's a small town and the only sane place to be in the unrelenting desert heat is in one of the four hotels. But as Bill begins to question Simon about his finances and the monies owning on the radio station Ginger Whisker suddenly becomes a very sinister place.'


  • Adapted for radio by Paul Livingston from Kenneth Cook's 1977 novel The Man Underground.

Production Details

  • Broadcast on ABC Radio National's Airplay in several parts, beginning on 4 November 2007.

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Last amended 26 Nov 2007
  • South Australia,
  • Australian Outback, Central Australia,
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