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 An unpublished manuscript is held in the Eunice Hanger Collection of the Fryer Library (The University of Queensland).
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.