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Issue Details: First known date: 1964... 1964 West of the Black Stump
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This second attempt by Livermore to write a musical saw him spoof the western genre. The programme noted that this production was 'a child’s game of cowboys for adults,' and was described by G. C. Power in the Canberra Times as 'Australia’s reply to Oklahoma, High Noon and Little Red Riding Hood' (p.19). Set in the fictional Australian frontier town of Witchety Grub the usual stock of Western characters act with quite un-Western-like behaviour.

Production Details

  • 1964: Sydney Ensemble; 8 April

    • One performance only.

    1964: Riverside Theatre, Canberra (ACT); 26 November - 12 December.

    • Director/Designer/Choreographer Peter Batey; Producer Canberra Repertory Society; Lighting John O'Brien; Costumes Thelma White, Liz Woodrow and Margaret Fread; Stage Manager Michael Warren.
    • Cast incl. Grant MacIntyre (Jesse Starr), Liz Ferguson (Opal Reef), Paul Fitzgerald (Big Bill Billabong), John Bishop (Mulga Mackinson), Janette Jones (Bonnie), Gordon Todd, Jenny Leng (Molly Fewclothes), Kate Sullivan, Joan Bliss, John McMillan, Doug Sturkey, Robin Miller.
    • Musicians: Maria Boddy, Warwick Ongley, David Gawes, Frank Boddy (instruments used were: piano, kettledrum, guitar and harmonica).
    • Nine performances (Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only).

    1965: Adelaide (no details_

    • Producer South Australian Theatre Company.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon The Cost of Jazz Garters : A History of Canberra Repertory Society, 1932 to 1982 Anne Edgeworth , Acton : Canberra Repertory Society , 1992 Z1360450 1992 single work biography

One of Australia's longest-lasting dramatic societies in Australia, the Canberra Repertory Society (CRS) was founded in 1932 as a breakaway group from the Arts and Literature Society. The split followed a disagreement over the cost of jazz garters.

Although focusing on the years 1932 to 1982, Anne Edgeworth's biography was published to celebrate the Society's fiftieth year of activity.

Rep's Premiere of New Musical G. C. Power , 1964 single work
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 November 1964; (p. 19)

— Review of West of the Black Stump Reg Livermore , Sandra McKenzie , 1964 single work musical theatre
Rep's Premiere of New Musical G. C. Power , 1964 single work
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 November 1964; (p. 19)

— Review of West of the Black Stump Reg Livermore , Sandra McKenzie , 1964 single work musical theatre
y separately published work icon The Cost of Jazz Garters : A History of Canberra Repertory Society, 1932 to 1982 Anne Edgeworth , Acton : Canberra Repertory Society , 1992 Z1360450 1992 single work biography

One of Australia's longest-lasting dramatic societies in Australia, the Canberra Repertory Society (CRS) was founded in 1932 as a breakaway group from the Arts and Literature Society. The split followed a disagreement over the cost of jazz garters.

Although focusing on the years 1932 to 1982, Anne Edgeworth's biography was published to celebrate the Society's fiftieth year of activity.

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This entry has been sourced from research undertaken by Dr Clay Djubal into Australian-written popular music theatre.
Last amended 20 Oct 2014 11:05:29
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