Bid Me to Love single work   drama   humour   - Three acts
Issue Details: First known date: 1974 1974
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Production Details

  • It was first produced by the Canberra Repertory Society at Theatre Three, Canberra, 10 March 1973.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: The Caught Bus
  • Appears in:
    y Brumby Innes, and Bid Me to Love Katharine Susannah Prichard , Katharine Brisbane (editor), Sydney : Currency Methuen Drama , 1974 Z169610 1974 selected work drama (taught in 8 units)

    'Written in the 1920s, Brumby Innes confronts the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is published with another Prichard play from the 1920s, Bid Me To Love which, by contrast, is set among the fashionable rich in the lush hills outside Perth.'

    'The two plays are compelling for their dramatic styles and for their insight into the novels which followed: Coonardoo and Intimate Strangers. And both had to wait more than forty years for their first production.' (Source: Reading Australia website)

    Sydney : Currency Methuen Drama , 1974
    pg. 1-47

Works about this Work

Katharine Susannah Prichard: `She Did What She Could' Sandra Burchill , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Time to Write : Australian Women Writers 1890-1930 1993; (p. 139-161)
Song of the Little Kangaroos : I Jack Beasley , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Gallop of Fire : Katharine Susannah Prichard: on Guard for Humanity : a Study of Creative Personality 1993; (p. 73-81)
Entracte II: Tricks of the Imagination Jack Beasley , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Gallop of Fire : Katharine Susannah Prichard: on Guard for Humanity : a Study of Creative Personality 1993; (p. 82-92)
Paths Towards Purpose : The Political Plays of Katharine Susannah Prichard and Ric Throssell Ric Throssell , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Drama 1920-1955 : Papers Presented to a Conference at the University of New England, Armidale, September 1-4, 1984 1986; (p. 28-38)
Katharine Susannah Prichard and Dionysos : "Bid Me to Love" and "Brumby Innes" D. Biggins , 1983 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 43 no. 3 1983; (p. 320-331)

'Of Katharine Susannah Prichard's seventeen plays, some remain unproduced, most are unpublished, and two or three appear to be lost. In recent years attention has been drawn to her dramatic writing by the Currency Methuen edition of Bid Me To Love (not previously published), and the revised version of Brumby Innes (originally published in 1940). Both plays were written in 1927. The percipience of their treatment of sexuality has been remarked upon by Margaret Williams, in her review of the Pram Factory's premiere production of Brumby Innes in 1972 and by Katharine Brisbane in her Introduction to the Currency Methuen edition of the plays. Both critics stress Katharine Prichard's forward-looking approach to sexuality, especially in Brumby Innes. Miss Brisbane observes that "Brumby Innes was half a century ahead of its time in the values it gives to romance and sexuality" (p. xxv).' (Publication abstract)

Katharine Susannah Prichard: `She Did What She Could' Sandra Burchill , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Time to Write : Australian Women Writers 1890-1930 1993; (p. 139-161)
Katharine Susannah Prichard and Dionysos : "Bid Me to Love" and "Brumby Innes" D. Biggins , 1983 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Southerly , September vol. 43 no. 3 1983; (p. 320-331)

'Of Katharine Susannah Prichard's seventeen plays, some remain unproduced, most are unpublished, and two or three appear to be lost. In recent years attention has been drawn to her dramatic writing by the Currency Methuen edition of Bid Me To Love (not previously published), and the revised version of Brumby Innes (originally published in 1940). Both plays were written in 1927. The percipience of their treatment of sexuality has been remarked upon by Margaret Williams, in her review of the Pram Factory's premiere production of Brumby Innes in 1972 and by Katharine Brisbane in her Introduction to the Currency Methuen edition of the plays. Both critics stress Katharine Prichard's forward-looking approach to sexuality, especially in Brumby Innes. Miss Brisbane observes that "Brumby Innes was half a century ahead of its time in the values it gives to romance and sexuality" (p. xxv).' (Publication abstract)

Paths Towards Purpose : The Political Plays of Katharine Susannah Prichard and Ric Throssell Ric Throssell , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Drama 1920-1955 : Papers Presented to a Conference at the University of New England, Armidale, September 1-4, 1984 1986; (p. 28-38)
Song of the Little Kangaroos : I Jack Beasley , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Gallop of Fire : Katharine Susannah Prichard: on Guard for Humanity : a Study of Creative Personality 1993; (p. 73-81)
Entracte II: Tricks of the Imagination Jack Beasley , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: A Gallop of Fire : Katharine Susannah Prichard: on Guard for Humanity : a Study of Creative Personality 1993; (p. 82-92)
Last amended 27 Nov 2001 19:16:28
Subjects:
  • Western Australia,
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  • 1920
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