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A collection in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland of manuscript film and play scripts.

Includes

y Silver Bells and Cockle Shells : A Play for Radio Barbara Vernon , Z1463129 single work drama radio play
y The Air-conditioned Author : A Side-Long Glance at the World of the Best Seller Colin Free , Z851398 single work radio play
y Death of the Archbishop : A Study of Medieval Murder Colin Free , Z851404 single work radio play
y The Death of Trotsky Colin Free , Z851407 single work radio play
y Who's Bigelow? The Story of an Official Colin Free , Z851440 single work radio play
y The Roosevelt Revolution Colin Free , Z851434 single work radio play
y No Incense Rising George Landen Dann , Z850769 1937 single work drama

'The scene is laid in a small village on the coast of Southern Queensland. The theme of the play is the conflict between a lonely mother, who has lost her husband and son at sea, and her daughter, who wants to break away from her mother's influence and make her own life. Throughout the play, always in the background, is heard the sea.'

Source:

'The Jottings of a Lady about Town', Sunday Times, 5 November 1939, p.21.

y The Den of Lyons : A Comedy Life's Not Melodrama George Landen Dann , Z850796 single work drama

Little is known of the plot of this drama.

y Boolee : A Musical Play George Landen Dann , Z850793 single work musical theatre
y Sing the Dust George Landen Dann , Z850829 single work radio play
y Summer of the Seventeenth Doll Joy Hollyer , Z981269 1955 single work radio play
y To the Islands : A Play for Broadcasting Joy Hollyer , Z980707 single work drama radio play
y The Waterlily George Landen Dann , Z850832 single work radio play
y Consulting Room Max Afford , Z1075697 1948 single work radio play fantasy

A fantasy drama, described in contemporary newspapers as 'Locale midway between life and death; characters, the unborn, the living, and the dead; moral — boosting the birthrate.'

Source:

'Radiopinion: You Can Say What You Like', Sunday Mail, 13 June 1948, p.6.

y Seven Days Wonder : A New Comedy Max Afford , Z854779 single work drama
y Out of the Bag Max Afford , Z854838 single work radio play
y Tales of the Supernatural Max Afford , Z854853 series - author radio play
y The Loquat Tree : A Play for Radio Barbara Vernon , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1962 Z1463197 1962 single work drama radio play

'The loquat tree outside Jim Emerson's station homestead in northern New South Wales is his pride and joy–but it is a pest trap.'

Source:

Radio Times, 21 May 1964, p.45.

y Hotspur : A Comedy in Three Acts with Assistance from some Bawdy Ballads Ru Pullan , 7821066 1971 single work drama
y Bird with a Medal Ru Pullan , 7820930 1961 single work drama

According to Dollee, the play involves a young man stabbing another with a garden fork to prevent him prostituting his girlfriend.

y The Glass Curtain Ru Pullan , 7821032 1972 single work drama
y Cobalt Blue Ru Pullan , 7821008 1971 single work drama
y Curly on the Rack Ru Pullan , 7820886 1958 single work drama

'Author Ru Pullan has tried to present aspects of Australian character in the setting of Rabaul, about a year after the end of the war.

'His theme is the conflict of mateship and impressive individualism, both tested in the scavanging [sic] atmosphere of war salvage.

[...]

'It centres on the discovery of money during the war buried on an island by Curly , spring-heeled tough, and Scobie, his crippled mate.'

Source:

'New Australian Play in Sydney Undistinguished', The Age, 4 September 1958, p.2.

y The Winged Chariot Patricia Hooker , 7126042 1967 single work radio play historical fiction

Radio play about the death of Socrates.

form y A Season in Hell Patricia Hooker , 7125999 1965 single work film/TV

Recreates the fraught relationship between Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine at the end of the nineteenth century.

form y Concord of Sweet Sounds Patricia Hooker , 7125985 1963 single work film/TV

The world of a turbulent but brilliant concert pianist.

y Twilight of a Hero Patricia Hooker , 7124161 1962 single work radio play

According to contemporary news reports, the radio play 'took for its subject the love of King David for his son Absolom.'

The same reporter noted that 'Research revealed that the story was taken straight from the Biblical text, so that no flights of imagination were necessary and the author had only to concentrate on the dialogue. Even a great deal of this was provided by the Book of Samuel.'

(See 'The Bright Side of Concerts' under Works About.)

y The Winds of Green Monday : A Play for Television Michael Noonan , 6725861 single work screenplay historical fiction
y And No More Shall We Part Tom Holloway , Z1827273 2009 single work drama 'After a long and successful marriage, Pam and Don are still very much in love. But Pam is ill and has to make a heartbreaking decision that will transform both their lives. She does so in the only way she knows how - quickly, pragmatically, and resolutely. Don behaves in the only way he knows how - struggling to keep up but desperate not to lose touch.

'And No More Shall We Part follows Pam and Don's halting, humorous and devastating attempt at the impossible - to begin to say goodbye to each other after a lifetime together.' (From the publisher's website.)
y An Awful Rose Thomas Keneally , Z1819402 1972 single work drama
y On Shifting Sandshoes Paul Davies , Z853588 1988 single work drama

'The play is about a diverse group of friends who go camping together every Christmas/New Year on Stradbroke Island. However, this year, the Bicentennial year, things go riotously out of kilter : it begins to rain and doesn't let up for days! The creek rises and cuts them off from civilisation ... the holiday now becomes a struggle for survival!

Friendships are strained, belongings are soggy, food becomes scarce. Relationships are stripped to the bone! The vigorous games of 'Bastard Ball' are replaced by the dividing up of the last sardine and the spelling out of S.O.S on the beach in XXXX empties!

The play is about migration within Australia—the annual Christmas trek. It's about playing games and having fun. It's about relationships that extend beyond family, and about the strain on those bonds when the food runs out!' Source: www.theatreworks.org.au/ (Sighted 08/10/2010).

y A Handful of Friends David Williamson , Z1514692 1976 single work drama
y The Department David Williamson , Z1507226 1974 single work drama
y The Coming of Stork David Williamson , Z1506778 1970 single work drama
y The Illusionists : A Play Morris West , Z386532 1955 single work radio play The Illusionists : A Play in Three Acts
y The Illusionists : A Play Morris West , Z386532 1955 single work radio play
y The Warhorse John Upton , Z1465074 1987 single work drama humour
y The Pirates of Pal Mal Mona Brand , John Upton , Z1464951 1977 single work drama
y Quadraphrenia Ted Neilsen , Z73394 1984 single work drama
y An Awful Rose Thomas Keneally , Z1819402 1972 single work drama
y Last Train to St Kilda : A Heavy Rail Story in Black and White Paul Davies , Z853597 1987 single work drama
y The Illusionists : A Play Morris West , Z386532 1955 single work radio play
y His Natural Life George Leitch , Australia : 1886 8077162 1886 single work drama

Contemporary newspaper reports indicated that Leitch 'made the necessary alterations in the plot so as to preserve almost every dramatic situation it contains, and he has preserved most of the interesting scenes and even the dialogue of the original story', but he did switch the conclusion so as to bring his work to a happy ending.

See Brisbane Courier article below.

1886
y The Trials of Hilary Pouncefort Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584779 1900-1999 single work drama A melodrama, critical of military authority. 1900-1999
y The Spring Heeled Terror of Stepney Green Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584745 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y The Spectre of Wycombe Manor Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584730 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y Sold in Marriage Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584727 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y Lost to the Devil Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584709 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y Exposed to Danger, or, Little Nell of the Klondike Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584474 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y The Beast of Belgrave Square Stanley Walsh , 1900-1999 Z1584469 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y Welcome Home Jim Crawford , 1900-1999 Z1558088 1900-1999 single work drama 1900-1999
y Odds George Landen Dann , 1924 Z850745 1924 single work drama

Little is known about the plot of this play, which pre-dated Dann's first big success (the prize-winning In Beauty It Is Finished) by six years. Along with a three-act farce called Family Failings, it is Dann's earliest work.

1924
y Family Failings George Landen Dann , 1925 Z850748 1925 single work drama humour

Little is known about the plot of this play, which pre-dated Dann's first big success (the prize-winning In Beauty It Is Finished) by six years. Along with a one-act comedy called Odds, it is Dann's earliest work.

1925
y The Double Purpose George Landen Dann , 1930-1939 Z850757 1930 single work drama 1930-1939
y In Beauty It Is Finished : A Play in Three Acts George Landen Dann , 1931 Z850751 1931 single work drama

Set on an island off the coast of Queensland, the play deals with the refusal of a lighthouse keeper to recognise the effect that the geographic and social isolation is having on his family.

1931
y Monday Morning George Landen Dann , 1933 9502320 1933 single work radio play historical fiction

Radio adaptation of the one-act play.

1933
y Monday Morning George Landen Dann , 1933 Z850766 1933 single work drama historical fiction

Set in a sheriff's office in Sydney in 1828, the play deals with an execution for highway robbery.

1933
y The Days of Roses George Landen Dann , 1934 Z850760 1933 single work drama 1933
y The Days of Roses George Landen Dann , 1934 Z850760 1933 single work drama 1934
y A Foreground for Fanny George Landen Dann , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1935 Z850763 1934 single work radio play

A radio play exploring the introduction of Percy Bysshe Shelley into the Godwin household c. 1812.

Fanny Imlay was one of Godwin's two stepdaughters, the daughter of Mary Wollstonecraft and Gilbert Imlay. She was left behind when Shelley eloped with Mary and her stepsister Claire Clairmont in 1814: she later committed suicide, in part, it is said, at her continued isolation from the Shelley household.

1935
y No Incense Rising Rirolf , 1937 9497658 1937 single work radio play 1937
y Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , 1940 Z29361 1940 single work drama Set in the Australian outback the narrative concerns Aboriginal rights and ideals, particularly with regard to the production of a corroboree. Matters such as assimilation, politics and ideology and race relations are questioned. 1940
y Fountains Beyond : A Musical Play in Three Acts George Landen Dann , Gerry Cole (composer), 1940 Z898315 1940 single work radio play musical theatre

A musical version of George Landen Dann's play of the same name, with the score written by Sydney-based composer Gerry Cole. Set in the Australian outback the narrative concerns Aboriginal rights and ideals, particularly with regard to the production of a corroboree. Matters such as assimilation, politics and ideology and race relations are questioned. Although the work was broadcast on radio there is no record of it ever having been produced on the stage. Theatre historian and friend of Dann, Leslie Rees, wrote in 1958 that he often thought about 'having a go at this musical but it would be hard to make any players other than true aborigines seem convincing' (qtd Queensland Theatre Company programme, 2000, p9). An unpublished manuscript is held in the Eunice Hanger Collection of the Fryer Library (The University of Queensland).

1940
y The Young Disciple George Landen Dann , 1940 Z850835 1940 single work radio play

Little is known about the plot of this radio play.

1940
y Stick to Your Seats Jim Crawford , 1940-1949 Z1558082 1940-1949 single work drama 1940-1949
y It Walks by Night Max Afford , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1941 8621388 1941 series - publisher radio play thriller

Jeffery and Elizabeth Blackburn find themselves at isolated Wolford Hall, occupied by a group–each strangers to the other–who have been invited to the property by a 'Mr Rea'. As the mysteries of the house thicken–including the appearance of unsigned typewritten notes–the couple begin to suspect a connection with a five-year-old unsolved murder and realise that one of the house's inhabitants is that murderer, Edward Anson, in disguise.

For a (partial) list of episode titles and episode-by-episode synopses (drawn from contemporary radio guides), see Notes below.

1941
y Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1942 9520639 1942 single work radio play 1942
y Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , 1940 Z29361 1940 single work drama Set in the Australian outback the narrative concerns Aboriginal rights and ideals, particularly with regard to the production of a corroboree. Matters such as assimilation, politics and ideology and race relations are questioned. 1943
y Ha! Ha! Among the Trumpets George Landen Dann , 1946 Z850772 1945 single work drama 1946
y Portrait of a Gentleman George Farwell , 1946 9518861 1946 single work drama historical fiction

An expanded script of Farwell's 1940 radio play of the same name.

1946
y Rocket Range Jim Crawford , 1947 Z1164463 1946 single work drama 1947
y Dark Enchantment Max Afford , 1949 8637492 1949 single work drama fantasy thriller

'The story revolves round a young girl whose early fascination for a foreign ventriloquist leaves her with his doll, £1,000, and an accompanying "dark enchantment".'

Source:

'Australian Play "Needs Overhaul"', News, 28 June 1949, p.15.

1949
y Refugee : A Play in One Act Jim Crawford , 1950-1959 Z1558070 1950-1959 single work drama 1950-1959
y Miner's Right Jim Crawford , 1950-1959 Z1558064 1950-1959 single work drama 1950-1959
y Napoleon - The Impossible Conquest Colin Free , 1950-1959 Z851425 1950 single work radio play 1950-1959
y Tjuringa Ru Pullan , 1950-1959 7820981 1950 single work drama 1950-1959
y They Passed This Way : Phantasy in One Act Jim Crawford , 1951 Z1558085 1951 single work drama 1951
y Love Returns to Umbrizi Pat Flower , 1958 Z851240 1958 single work radio play 1958
y Caroline Chisholm : A Play by George Landen Dann Coralie Rees , 1958 9497062 1958 single work radio play 1958
y The Dark Wind Michael Noonan , United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1959 8149131 1959 single work radio play

Little is known about the plot of this radio play.

1959
y Dark Enchantment Joy Hollyer , 1960 Z854776 1960 single work radio play fantasy thriller

A radio adaptation of Max Afford's successful 1949 stage play, Dark Enchantment, by radio script-writer Joy Hollyer.

1960
y Wish No More : An Adult Fairy Tale Marien Dreyer , 1960 8602457 1960 single work drama

Little is known of this playscript, and no productions have been traced so far.

1960
form y The Sergeant from Burralee Phillip Grenville Mann , Sydney : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1961 8037558 1961 single work film/TV

Very little is known about this obscure production, although it appears to have been written directly for television (see, for example, 'TV Today, Tonight', The Age, 14 June 1961, p.3).

1961
y The People Out There Colin Free , 1963 Z851431 1963 single work radio play 1963
y The Winds of Amalek Colin Free , 1964 Z851443 1964 single work radio play 1964
y The Garden of Earthly Delights : A Tale of a Future Time Colin Free , 1964 Z851413 1964 single work radio play 1964
y Bandicoot on a Burnt Ridge Marien Dreyer , 1964 Z441983 1962 single work drama 1964
y And It Wasn't Just The Feathers Alan Seymour , 1965 6976259 1965 single work screenplay 1965
y The Paradise Shanty : A Play for Television Kevin McGrath , 1966 7107067 1966 single work screenplay 1966
y The Maid's Part Jessica Anderson , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1967 10181110 1967 single work radio play 1967
y Brain Drain Colin Free , 1970 Z851356 1970 single work radio play 1970
y Other Times Ray Lawler , 1970-1979 Z513399 1970-1979 single work drama 1970-1979
y Don's Party David Williamson , 1971 Z1505961 1971 single work drama satire (taught in 17 units) 1971
y At Last It's Here Paul Davies , 1973 Z853585 1973 single work drama 1973
form y No Thanks, I'm on a Diet Margaret Kelly , Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102436 1974 single work film/TV 1974
y Essington Thomas Keneally , 1974 7137881 1974 single work screenplay 1974
y Bees Jennifer Rankin , 1974 Z513707 1974 single work drama 1974
y A Handful of Friends David Williamson , Z1514692 1976 single work drama 1976
y The Club David Williamson , 1976 Z1506538 1976 single work drama (taught in 14 units) 1976
y Conspiracy Peter Brennan , 1977 Z431767 1977 single work drama 1977
y Big Toys Patrick White , 1977 Z1516196 1977 single work drama 1977
y Travelling North David Williamson , 1978 Z1515731 1978 single work drama Frank and Frances find new life in a twilight love affair, to the consternation of their conventional children. Their dream takes them north to the sun; but no sooner do they find their idyll than signs of mortality betray Frank's lion spirit. Travelling North is David Williamson's tribute to the generation that fought for change in Australia from the 30s to the 70s; and reaches the rueful conclusion that the legacy of such self-determination is narrow-mindedness and the need for love. (Publisher's blurb, back cover). 1978
y Oh Ted Neilsen , 1978 Z1453154 1978 single work drama radio play 1978
y The Orange Grove George Landen Dann , 1958 Z850826 1958 single work radio play

'Here was a drama which would stand in comparison with Euripides’ 'Medea' – the theme is the same, the revenge of a jilted women. Some may have found 'The Doll' insipid and dealing with matters of little importance. ‘The Orange Grove’ is much tougher fare. The play was specifically written for radio, but it would make a thrilling stage play'

Source: ABC radio publication, 1958.

1979
y Sons of Cain David Williamson , 1980-1989 Z1514622 1980-1989 single work drama 1980-1989
y The World and Some Peacocks Berwyn Lewis , 1981 6838483 1981 single work drama 1981
y Emerald City David Williamson , 1986 Z1507280 1986 single work drama 1986
y Johnno Nick Enright , 1987 7338753 1987 single work screenplay

A screenplay based on David Malouf's novel. There is no indication of this screenplay's having been produced.

1987
y Johnno Nick Enright , 1987 7338753 1987 single work screenplay

A screenplay based on David Malouf's novel. There is no indication of this screenplay's having been produced.

1987
y Storming St. Kilda by Tram Storming Mont Albert by Tram; Storming Swanston Walk by Tram Paul Davies , 1988 Z1731143 1982 single work drama 1988
y Moorli and the Leprechaun Jack Davis , 1989 Z1604193 1989 single work drama children's 'When Moorli, the Aboriginal rainmaking spirit, meets Loopy, an Irish leprechaun, they determine to help Joan go on a school excursion to Uluru, despite her father's opposition to the idea. An authentic and entertaining story imbued with Jack Davis' understanding of racial tensions.' Source: Publisher's blurb 1989
y Red Ted and the Great Depression Patrick Laughren , Paul Davies , 1993 Z1731148 1993 single work drama 1993
y Buckley's Hope : A Two Act Play Buckley's Hope Ernie Blackmore , 1999 8631512 1999 single work drama 1999
form y The Turner Affair Sonia Louise Armstrong , Australia : IFM Film Associates , 2002 6341488 2002 single work film/TV crime thriller mystery

An independent Australian thriller, eventually picked up for distribution by American-based distribution company IFM Films.

According to the distribution company, 'the picture centres on the aftermath of a scheming couple's fateful scam at the jazz academy they run.'

Source: Screen Daily (http://www.screendaily.com/ifm-picks-up-the-turner-affair-for-afm/4011919.article). (Sighted: 19/8/2013)

2002
y Birthrights : Soulmates : Two Plays David Williamson , 2002 Z1514669 2002 selected work drama criticism 2002
form y Alexandra's Project Rolf De Heer , Australia : Wild Bunch Vertigo Productions , 2003 Z1805780 2003 single work film/TV thriller

A regular suburban family man comes home 'from work on his birthday to find a deserted house and a videotape waiting to be played... '

Source: Screen Australia.

2003
y The Rage in Placid Lake Tony McNamara , 2003 6741461 2003 single work screenplay

Screenplay for the film.

2003
y Construction of the Human Heart Ross Mueller , 2005 Z1533797 2005 single work drama 2005
y Positive Expectations Positive Expectations : A Two Act Play Ernie Blackmore , 2006 8631491 2006 single work drama 'A play that takes a different approach to urban Australian Indigenous stereotypes; social engineering and the impact it has on people's lives; looks at the issues of HIV, AIDS, new age treatments and euthanasia.' Source: Mura AIATSIS Collections Catalogue (Sighted 08/10/2007). 2006
y The Fag from Zagreb Lally Katz , 2007 Z1818146 2009 single work drama 'Jeremy returns home from school to find the Apocalypse Bear making him his after school snack instead of his mother. After a while he notices his sister doesn't seem to be around. The Apocalypse Bear is the only one home with him when a heartbreaking package arrives from Jeremy's only friend, the fag from Zagreb. And there is a certain threat, rising from the woods.' (White Whale Theatre website)
2007
y Show Us Ya Tiddas! Lou Bennett , 2007 Z1595358 2007 single work musical theatre 'Show Us Ya Tiddas', is a one-woman show. It journeys through the musical autobiography of a multi-talented Indigenous singer/songwriter who faced many challenges coming to terms with her sexuality in a rural Victorian country town. 2007
y The Seed Kate Mulvany , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2008 Z1151825 2008 single work drama (taught in 4 units) 'Meet Rose Maloney. Her dad Danny went to Vietnam. Her grandfather Brian is ex-IRA. Today is their collective birthday. From this intimate reunion, The Seed opens itself up over and over again until a silent family battle becomes a national story about finding new life amongst the rubble of old wars. This play has a very special kind of honesty and humour to it which sorts the great lies we buy into from the reality we live through.' (Publisher's blurb) 2008
y The Web Kate Mulvany , 2009 Z1801167 2009 single work drama 'Travis is headstrong and confident, with the world at his feet. Fred is shy, isolated and dealing with the death of his father. When Travis takes Fred under his wing to help him with a social studies assignment, it triggers an intriguing chain of events that ends in a vicious attack.' Source: University of Queensland Library catalogue. 2009
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