Top End single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1979 1979
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Notes

  • A full-length play written in 1979, revised in 1986 while Romeril was in receipt of a twelve-month Artists Fellowship awarded by the Victorian Ministry of the Arts.

    (Source: Guide to Australian Literary Manuscripts, http://findaid.library.uwa.edu.au/)

Production Details

  • First performed by the Melbourne Theatre Company at Russell Street, Melbourne, 30 September to 28 October 1989, directed by Paul Hampton.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1979
  • Appears in:
    y Damage : A Collection of Plays John Romeril , Sydney : Currency Press , 2010 Z1709452 2010 selected work drama (taught in 3 units)

    'This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: Jonah, a Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name; Top End, a political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, and Lost Weekend which takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'. They are published together with Romeril's best-known play, The Floating World, the story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan.

    'Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Sydney : Currency Press , 2010

Works about this Work

Play's Political Theme Hijacks Theatre Vehicle Margaret Simons , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 1989; (p. 14)

— Review of Top End John Romeril 1979 single work drama
Flawed Politics Alison Croggon , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 October 1989; (p. 124)

— Review of Top End John Romeril 1979 single work drama
A Pamphlet in Search of a Play Rosemary Neill , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 October 1989; (p. 12)

— Review of Top End John Romeril 1979 single work drama
Play's Political Theme Hijacks Theatre Vehicle Margaret Simons , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 2 October 1989; (p. 14)

— Review of Top End John Romeril 1979 single work drama
Flawed Politics Alison Croggon , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 17 October 1989; (p. 124)

— Review of Top End John Romeril 1979 single work drama
A Pamphlet in Search of a Play Rosemary Neill , 1989 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 2 October 1989; (p. 12)

— Review of Top End John Romeril 1979 single work drama
Last amended 21 Aug 2003 10:20:55
Subjects:
Settings:
  • c
    East Timor,
    c
    Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • Darwin, Darwin area, Northern Territory,
  • c
    China,
    c
    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
  • 1970s
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