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Adaptation of The Pioneers Katharine Susannah Prichard 1915 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1923... 1923 The Pioneers
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Set in the interior of a hut in the Gippsland forest, in the 1850s, the play has six characters. Donald Cameron, an honest dour Scot, and Mary, his wife, whom he picked off the boat at the wharf, are pioneers sharing a strange, strong love. Thad McNab, the double-crossing shanty keeper, and McLaughlin, a trooper, pursue two escaped convicts, Dan and Steve. Mary befriends them during Donald's absence. Donald, McNab and McLaughlin return. Mary successfully conceals the fact that the convicts have been at the hut from all but Donald. He cannot understand her charity and humanity, but admires her strength of character. (Abstract adapted from The Campbell Howard Annotated Index of Australian Plays 1920-1955)

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Production Details

  • First produced by the Pioneer Players at the Playhouse, Melbourne, 3 December 1923. Later produced by the New Theatre at the Mechanics Hall, Frankston, 31 October 1955.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1923
      ca. 1923 .
      Extent: 16 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (carbon copy)., some handwritten stage manager's notes on script
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Some handwritten stage manager's notes on script

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: Hanger Collection
      Local Id: H1396B
      ca. 1923 .
      Extent: 22 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: Hanger Collection
      Local Id: H1396A

Works about this Work

Framing the Landscape: Prichard's "Pioneers" and Esson's "The Drovers" Paul Makeham , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 23 1993; (p. 121-134)
Makeham compares the way in which landscape is invoked in both plays: the room of Pioneers; and the outdoors of The Drovers. The former invokes landscape as a presence separate from the domestic centre of Prichard's play. The latter locates its action wholly in an outdoor setting. But, despite the different ways of framing the landscape, both plays celebrate the resilience and propriety of the human activity situated within it.
Another Planet : Landscape as Metaphor in Western Australian Theatre Bill Dunstone , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: European Relations : Essays for Helen Watson-Williams 1985; (p. 67-79)
Another Planet : Landscape as Metaphor in Western Australian Theatre Bill Dunstone , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: European Relations : Essays for Helen Watson-Williams 1985; (p. 67-79)
Framing the Landscape: Prichard's "Pioneers" and Esson's "The Drovers" Paul Makeham , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 23 1993; (p. 121-134)
Makeham compares the way in which landscape is invoked in both plays: the room of Pioneers; and the outdoors of The Drovers. The former invokes landscape as a presence separate from the domestic centre of Prichard's play. The latter locates its action wholly in an outdoor setting. But, despite the different ways of framing the landscape, both plays celebrate the resilience and propriety of the human activity situated within it.
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