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Issue Details: First known date: 1958... 1958 Curly on the Rack
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'Author Ru Pullan has tried to present aspects of Australian character in the setting of Rabaul, about a year after the end of the war.

'His theme is the conflict of mateship and impressive individualism, both tested in the scavanging [sic] atmosphere of war salvage.


'It centres on the discovery of money during the war buried on an island by Curly , spring-heeled tough, and Scobie, his crippled mate.'


'New Australian Play in Sydney Undistinguished', The Age, 4 September 1958, p.2.


  • According to contemporary news reports:

    The play [...] is the first Australian play to be accepted by the [Elizabeth Theatre] Trust straight from an author's script.

    The now-famous "Doll" was seen by executive director Hugh Hunt in Melbourne before being bought, and "The Shifting Heart" was the winner of a contest.


    'His Desk Is on the Kitchen Table', Australian Women's Weekly, 9 July 1958, p.31.

Production Details

  • Premiered at the Elizabethan Theatre, 3 September 1958.

    Directed by Nigel Lovell.

    Set designed by Frank Hinder.

    Cast members included Stewart Ginn, Coralie Neville, Max Osbiston, Grant Taylor, John Gray, and Ken Wayne.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1958
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Series: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts series - publisher

      A collection in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland of manuscript film and play scripts.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: H1404
      Typescript (duplicated).
Last amended 12 Sep 2014 14:39:20
  • Rabaul, New Britain,
    Papua New Guinea,
    Pacific Region,
  • 1946
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