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y separately published work icon Bag O' Marbles Kathryn Ash , Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2002 Z947039 2002 single work drama Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon 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. Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon 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.

Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Lady in Danger : A Comedy-Thriller in Three Acts Max Afford , 1942 Z1075767 1942 single work drama crime humour

Monica Sefton has worked out the perfect murder, and once she finishes her crime play she is certain to be famous. But she doesn't count on her manuscript mysteriously disappearing, or on the sudden appearance of a stray black cat. These omens mark the beginning of events Monica never imagined—a real murder case where she is the key suspect.


BILL SEFTON A journalist

MONICA his wife (also a writer)

MRS. IDAMAE LAMPREY their landlady

DR. GILBERT NORTON a neighbour

SYLVIA MEADE (hat and gloves)

ANDREW MEADE (thin, untidy man in his mid-thirties, fellow journalist to BILL)




CORPSE (non-acting)

CAT (soft toy)

Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Mischief in the Air : A Comedy Thriller Max Afford , Z1075706 1944 single work drama humour mystery

'The action takes place in a studio audition-room [...] The story concerns Larry Carlson, Australian soldier, and Clay Tuttle, an American serviceman, who meet in Finschhafen, New Guinea. When both are invalided out of the Army, they meet again in Sydney, and it is then that their plans of acquiring a radio station are realised. The success of this venture depends entirely on interesting two wealthy sponsors. An audition is duly arranged, and Mr. McGuinnis is present, while Mr. Mandelberg listens-in at home. But Mr McGuinnis rather complicates things by falling out of his chair, dead. It is then that things begin to happen.'

Source: 'Thriller by Local Dramatist', Australian Women's Weekly, 5 August 1944, p.15.


CLARENCE PARSONS a radio actor


ARNOLD VICKERY studio supervisor



LARRY CARLSON general manager




Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Mrs Pretty and the Premier Arthur H. Adams , Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013 Z978608 1912 single work drama humour Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon 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.'


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

Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
On Our Selection Albert Edmunds , Beaumont Smith , 1912 9203232 1912 single work drama humour (taught in 1 units)
— Appears in: On Our Selection : A Dramatisation of Steele Rudd's Books 1984; (p. 71-152)
Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon On the Whipping Side : A Story of the 1891 Queensland Shearers' Strike Errol O'Neill , Brisbane : Playlab , 1991 Z97445 1991 single work drama 'On The Whipping Side is a dramatic re-creation of some of the major events of the 1891 Shearers' Strike. The play is set in several parts of Queensland, notably Clermont, Rockhampton and Brisbane during the six months of the strike. The passions and the conflicting ideologies of the time provide the dramatic interest in this play which is as much about the battles between the factions and personalities of the labour movement as it is about the war between capital and labour.' End paper. Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Snapshots from Home Margery Forde , Brisbane : Playlab Queensland Performing Arts Trust , 1997 Z860555 1995 single work drama Based on an oral history project on the war-time experiences of twenty-four men and women from Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, Qld. Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon The Bushrangers; or, Norwood Vale Henry Melville , Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013 Z859069 1834-2006 single work drama Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon The Drovers : A Play in One Act Louis Esson , Frank Brown , 1919 Z333220 1919 single work drama Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
The Happy Land Marcus Clarke , Melbourne : 1880 Z814001 1880 single work musical theatre burlesque satire fantasy humour
— Appears in: The Star , 3 March 1880; (p. 3)

Adapted by Marcus Clarke from W. S. Gilbert and Gilbert A' Beckett's burlesque of the same name (1873), The Happy Land is a two act satire in blank verse and prose, which targets a tinder-dry political subject - the row between Graham Berry's Liberal government and the Legislative Council. Clarke's text, which adheres fairly closely to the English play in all but the local detail, contains explicit and controversial references to Melbourne politics, personalities and issues, was not surprisingly banned in Melbourne by the government censor.

The story begins with reports being brought to Fairyland from Melbourne which indicate that Victoria must be the Eldorado as claimed in the press. The fairies send Victoria three of their most popular 'statesmen' to teach the government the principles of 'Popular Government.' The fairy statesmen form into government and opposition and examine the former's suitability for office by distributing portfolios to the most venal and incompetent. The opposition grow discontented and determine to strike a blow for liberty. In the end the Fairies decide that Popular Government is too expensive a luxury.

[Source: Australian Variety Theatre Archive]

Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon The Kelly Gang Arnold Denham , 1899 Z1275315 1899 single work drama Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
form y separately published work icon The Orange Grove George Landen Dann , 1958 Z850826 1958 single work radio play

'Carrie lives alone on her impoverished river-flats farm. Isolated and forgotten by the world, she relies on the company of the birds and trees. With her parents long gone, and her neighbour's constant excuses not to visit her, she ekes out an existence from her old orange grove tree.

'But her solitude is shattered when David, a dark, handsome stranger appears, resembling her past lover. While David draws up his proposal for the development of a new road and bridge, Carrie's grip on reality begins to slide as she mixes recollection of a past betrayal with David's new one – the possible resumption of her land.'

Source: Publisher's blurb (Playlab).

Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Treadmill Lorna Bol , 1977 Z858809 1977 single work drama Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Gallipoli Bill : A Comedy in Three Acts Arthur H. Adams , 1926 Z849710 1926 single work drama humour

'Worlds collide when the proprietors of a stately English home generously invite two wounded soldiers to recuperate within their walls. But these aren't just any soldiers - these are ANZACs. Echoes of their bravery on the beaches of Turkey have traveled throughout Europe and have lead Bill Gash and Jim Blake right into the heart of the British upper-class, and while they may not be prepared for the Lords, Ladies, titles and servants - the English aristocracy are certainly not prepared for two blokes from the Merrawinia Cattle Station' (Playlab Vintage Press edition).

Brisbane : Playlab , 2013
y separately published work icon Men Without Wives : A North Australian Play Henrietta Drake-Brockman , 1938 Z858721 1938 single work drama
— Appears in: Men Without Wives and Other Plays 1955; (p. 2-72)
Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2014
y separately published work icon Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , Paddington : Currency Press , 1995 Z267157 1995 single work drama

Set in the northern Queensland town of Charters Towers the action takes place over one day in 1957 - the day on which the world's first artificial satellite (the Sputnik) and a symbol of the possibilities of the future is to be seen in the sky over the town. It is also the day during which most of the characters will have to deal with significant and sometimes painful change. The main character, Clivvy, is thirty seven years old and is battling with the past and her inability to leave the town. Having won a sponsorship to go overseas to study piano at age nineteen the war intervened. In the following years many other occurrences deny her a life of her own. It is, however, her sense of being a composer - with her music coming 'out of the underbrush' which gives her the strength she needs.

Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2019

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