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Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995 Composing Venus
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Set in the northern Queensland town of Charters Towers the action takes place over one day in 1957 - the day on which the world's first artificial satellite (the Sputnick) and a symbol of the possibilities of the future is to be seen in the sky over the town. It is also the day during which most of the characters will have to deal with significant and sometimes painful change. The main character, Clivvy, is thirty seven years old and is battling with the past and her inability to leave the town. Having won a sponsorship to go overseas to study piano at age nineteen the war intervened. In the following years many other occurrences deny her a life of her own. It is, however, her sense of being a composer - with her music coming 'out of the underbrush' which gives her the strength she needs.

Notes

  • Composing Venus incorporates a small amount of live music performance, notably piano playing and singing from the actor playing Clivvy, and singing from several of the other characters.

Production Details

  • Commissioned by the Queensland Theatre Company and the Australia Council. First produced by the Queensland Theatre Company at the Suncorp Theatre, Brisbane, 17 February 1994. Director David Berthold. Composer Donald Hall (q.v.).

Contents

* Contents derived from the Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,:Currency Press , 1995 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Hearing the Sound of the Southern Sky : Introduction, David Berthold , 1995 single work criticism (p. 7-11)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Alternative title: Le son du ciel austral
Language: French
    • Carnieres, Belgium, Western Europe, Europe,: Lansman , 1995 .
      Extent: 77p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Note/s:
      • One of a set of six plays published as Six pieces du theatre contemporain australien.
      ISBN: 287282118X, 2872821228 (set)
      Series: Decouverte du Theatre Australien Lansman (publisher), series - publisher Number in series: 3

Works about this Work

Current Dramas Explore Change Alexandra S. Cromwell , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 10 no. 1 1996; (p. 62)

— Review of Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama ; All Souls Daniel Keene , 1993 single work drama
Untitled Veronica Kelly , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 29 1996; (p. 223-227)

— Review of The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama
And Two More Plays by Women Michael Veitch , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 179 1996; (p. 54)

— Review of The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama
Untitled Rodney Wissler , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Summer vol. 8 no. 3 1996; (p. 132-136)

— Review of The Gap Anna Broinowski , 1995 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama ; The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Hearing the Sound of the Southern Sky : Introduction David Berthold , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Composing Venus 1995; (p. 7-11)
Untitled Rodney Wissler , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Summer vol. 8 no. 3 1996; (p. 132-136)

— Review of The Gap Anna Broinowski , 1995 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama ; The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
And Two More Plays by Women Michael Veitch , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 179 1996; (p. 54)

— Review of The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama
Untitled Veronica Kelly , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 29 1996; (p. 223-227)

— Review of The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama
Stunning Visuals but Noisy Tone Des Partridge , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 19 February 1994; (p. 25)

— Review of Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama
New Dramatic Voice from the North Sue Gough , 1994 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 8 March vol. 116 no. 5910 1994; (p. 83)

— Review of Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama
Hearing the Sound of the Southern Sky : Introduction David Berthold , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Composing Venus 1995; (p. 7-11)
Last amended 23 Aug 2017 10:26:43
Settings:
  • Charters Towers, Charters Towers area, Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • 1920s
  • 1930s
  • 1940s
  • 1950s
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