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Issue Details: First known date: 1940... 1940 Fountains Beyond
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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.

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Fountains Beyond : A Musical Play in Three Acts George Landen Dann , Gerry Cole (composer), 1940 (Manuscript version)x401113 Z898315 1940 single work radio play musical theatre

A musical version of George Landen Dann's play of the same name, with the score written by Sydney-based composer Gerry Cole. 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. Although the work was broadcast on radio there is no record of it ever having been produced on the stage. Theatre historian and friend of Dann, Leslie Rees, wrote in 1958 that he often thought about 'having a go at this musical but it would be hard to make any players other than true aborigines seem convincing' (qtd Queensland Theatre Company programme, 2000, p9). An unpublished manuscript is held in the Eunice Hanger Collection of the Fryer Library (The University of Queensland).

form y separately published work icon Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1942 9520639 1942 single work radio play

Production Details

  • 1942 : New Theatre, Sydney ; 28 January

    1946 : Melbourne New Theatre ; no details

    1947 : Brisbane Repertory Theatre ; 26-28 March

    1950 : Hovel Theatre Studio, England ; no details

    1950 : Unity Theatre, Cardiff (Wales) ; no details. This production came first in a drama eisteddfod.

    1951 : Ipswich Theatre (Qld) ; ca. Nov.

    1951 : Adelaide Theatres Associated ; no details

    1955 : Scott's Hall, Casterton (Victoria) ; ca. July

    1958 : Toowoomba Repertory Theatre ; ca. June

    1958 : New Theatre, Brisbane ; ca. Aug.

    2000: Gardens Theatre, QUT, Brisbane ; 2-28 October. Prod. Queensland Theatre Company ; Dir. Wesley Enoch ; Music Dir. John Rogers (incidental music by John Rogers).

  • This entry has been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian-written music theatre being conducted by Dr Clay Djubal.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1940 .
      Extent: 38 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (duplicated) Second copy typescript (photocopy).
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • One-act
      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.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H0386A
    • Fortitude Valley, Fortitude Valley - New Farm area, Brisbane - North East, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2013 .
      image of person or book cover 3826378766207004787.jpg
      Extent: 1vp.
      Note/s:
      • Available as an PDF download
      Series: y separately published work icon New Vintage Playlab (publisher), Fortitude Valley : Playlab , 2013- 16932703 2013 series - publisher drama
      ca. 1943 .
      Extent: 14 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (photocopy)
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Appears to be a shortened version. On cover: 'Adventures in Drama, First Term 1943', 'The Rise of Social Drama' no. 11.
      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.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H0386B

Works about this Work

Voices Unheard: The Representation of Australian Aborigines by Left-Wing Playwrights 1940s-1960s Gabriela Zabala , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 60 2012; (p. 42-55)
Marginalising the Aboriginal : The White System and the Undoing of the Aboriginal in Fountains Beyond and State of Shock Khairul Chowdhury , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Empowering and Disempowering Indigenes : Staging Australian Aboriginal Experience 2010; (p. 269-278)
Black and White and Re(a)d All Over Again : Indigenous Minstrelsy in Contemporary Canadian and Australian Theatre Helen Gilbert , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Journal , vol. 55 no. 4 2003; (p. 679-698)
Recent Australian Drama in Print Allan Ashbolt , 1946 single work criticism
— Appears in: Focus , December-January vol. 1 no. 11 1946-1947; (p. 31-33)
Untitled Keith Macartney , 1945 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Papers , Autumn vol. 4 no. 1 1945; (p. 65-68)

— Review of Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , 1940 single work drama ; Quiet Night Dorothy Blewett , 1941 single work drama ; The Golden Lover Douglas Stewart , 1942 single work radio play ; The Fire on the Snow and The Golden Lover : Two Plays for Radio Douglas Stewart , 1944 selected work drama radio play
Drama in Sydney Leslie Rees , 1942 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Quarterly , vol. 14 no. 1 1942; (p. 117-120)

— Review of Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , 1940 single work drama
Untitled Keith Macartney , 1945 single work review
— Appears in: Meanjin Papers , Autumn vol. 4 no. 1 1945; (p. 65-68)

— Review of Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , 1940 single work drama ; Quiet Night Dorothy Blewett , 1941 single work drama ; The Golden Lover Douglas Stewart , 1942 single work radio play ; The Fire on the Snow and The Golden Lover : Two Plays for Radio Douglas Stewart , 1944 selected work drama radio play
A Play That Lives 1944 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 15 November vol. 65 no. 3379 1944; (p. 2)

— Review of Fountains Beyond George Landen Dann , 1940 single work drama
Black and White and Re(a)d All Over Again : Indigenous Minstrelsy in Contemporary Canadian and Australian Theatre Helen Gilbert , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Journal , vol. 55 no. 4 2003; (p. 679-698)
Marginalising the Aboriginal : The White System and the Undoing of the Aboriginal in Fountains Beyond and State of Shock Khairul Chowdhury , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Empowering and Disempowering Indigenes : Staging Australian Aboriginal Experience 2010; (p. 269-278)
Voices Unheard: The Representation of Australian Aborigines by Left-Wing Playwrights 1940s-1960s Gabriela Zabala , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 60 2012; (p. 42-55)
Recent Australian Drama in Print Allan Ashbolt , 1946 single work criticism
— Appears in: Focus , December-January vol. 1 no. 11 1946-1947; (p. 31-33)
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