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Issue Details: First known date: 2014... 2014 Gloria
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'Gloria Clare has led an extraordinary life. With a searing intellect and boundless talent, she ran from small-town Australia to Europe in her reckless youth, became a diva and found love. She’s been chanteuse and composer, rebel and romantic. But these things are dim and distant for her. In her fifties and having recently suffered a stroke, Gloria’s memories are slipping away.

'Now, Gloria uses the language of her heart to remember things – she sings. Music is the sextant by which she navigates her stormy memory. Singing helps her recall the painful episode in her past when, as a young unmarried mother in ’70s Australia, she was shamed, cowed and harassed into giving up her child for adoption.

'Before Gloria’s mind deserts her completely, she has one mission: reconnect with Ned, the boy she lost so long ago, get to know his family, and make some kind of amends. But as you’d expect from such a strong-willed, independent woman, she’s going to do it her way, by her rules.' (Publication summary)

Production Details

  • Presented by the Queensland Theatre Company. Performed at Bille Brown Studio 19 July - 16 August 2014.

    Writer: Elaine Acworth

    Director: David Bell

    Designer: Bill Haycock

    Composer/Sound Designer: Andrew McNaughton

    Dramaturg: Louise Gough

    Lighting Designer: David Walters

    Cast Includes: Christen O'Leary, Naomi Price, Steven Rooke, Kevin Spink, Elijah Wellsmore

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2014
    • Fortitude Valley, Fortitude Valley - New Farm area, Brisbane - North East, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2016 .
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      Extent: 1v.p.
      ISBN: 9781925338355

Works about this Work

Harrowing Tale Is Absorbing Theatre James Harper , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 July 2014; (p. 41)

— Review of Gloria Elaine Acworth , 2014 single work drama
Outstanding and Moving Production Leaves Audience Hungy for More Martin Buzacott , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 July 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of Gloria Elaine Acworth , 2014 single work drama
Outstanding and Moving Production Leaves Audience Hungy for More Martin Buzacott , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 July 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of Gloria Elaine Acworth , 2014 single work drama
Harrowing Tale Is Absorbing Theatre James Harper , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 29 July 2014; (p. 41)

— Review of Gloria Elaine Acworth , 2014 single work drama
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