Don't Take Your Love to Town single work   drama  
Note: Adapted from the book Don't Take Your Love to Town by Ruby Langford Ginibi
Issue Details: First known date: 2012 2012
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'You can think of me as Ruby Wagtail Big Noise Anderson Rangi Ando Heifer Andy Langford.

Ruby Langford Ginibi's Don't Take Your Love to Town is one of Australia's great and abiding books. Everything and nothing happens - from the small to the absolute, from the simple to the diabolical. Spanning most of the last century, from Coonabarabran to Surry Hills, it is the chronicle of a life.

And Ruby's is one hell of a life. Leah Purcell directs this one-woman show which attempts something a little bit glorious: to relive Ruby's big and soulful 70-something years in an evening. Don't Take Your Love to Town is about a lot of things - love, childhood, struggle, humour, family, work - but most of all it is a homage to Black Australia's extraordinary spirit of endurance. (Source: Belvoir St Theatre website.)

Production Details

  • Performed at Indigenous Theatre at Belvoir. Preview: 29 November 2012.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

Leah Purcell Wins 2014 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award Elissa Blake , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 May 2014; The Age , 27 May 2014; The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 May 2014;
Ruby Is a Rare Gem Elissa Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 November 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of Don't Take Your Love to Town Eamon Flack Leah Purcell 2012 single work drama
Incident-Packed Life, Powerful Performance Jason Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 December 2012; (p. 9)

— Review of Don't Take Your Love to Town Eamon Flack Leah Purcell 2012 single work drama
Purcell's Tour de Force in a Beautiful, Moving Tribute to a Hard Life Well Lived John McCallum , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 December 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of Don't Take Your Love to Town Eamon Flack Leah Purcell 2012 single work drama
Ruby Is a Rare Gem Elissa Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 November 2012; (p. 11)

— Review of Don't Take Your Love to Town Eamon Flack Leah Purcell 2012 single work drama
Incident-Packed Life, Powerful Performance Jason Blake , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 December 2012; (p. 9)

— Review of Don't Take Your Love to Town Eamon Flack Leah Purcell 2012 single work drama
Purcell's Tour de Force in a Beautiful, Moving Tribute to a Hard Life Well Lived John McCallum , 2012 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 December 2012; (p. 15)

— Review of Don't Take Your Love to Town Eamon Flack Leah Purcell 2012 single work drama
Leah Purcell Wins 2014 Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright’s Award Elissa Blake , 2014 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 May 2014; The Age , 27 May 2014; The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 May 2014;
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