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  • Author: Dorothy Hewett http://www.poetrylibrary.edu.au/poets/hewett-dorothy
Issue Details: First known date: 1979... 1979 The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts
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Described by Dorothy Hewett in her 1979 Hecate article as 'a romantic comedy, written around the principles of celebration and reconciliation... with love and the realisation of love... central to the story' (78), The Man From Mukinupin also deals with the juxtaposition of surface aspects of life and those which lie beneath the surface. The narrative concerns the courtship and eventual marriage of Polly and Jack, along with their doubles Lily and Harry. The two couples lives, played out in the mythical Western Australia wheat belt town of Mukinupin, are starkly contrasted. Jack and Polly belong to the seemingly respectable and conventional daytime society. Polly, is a double figure - an "about to be disappointed in love an life girl" but for whom everything does come out roses. Her other self is Lily (Touch-of-the-Tar), represents the outsider and outcast. Although Lily and Harry roam the dark netherworld of night-time Mukinupin, she too is able to realise her dream, to escape from the narrow little bush town with her lover. In contrast to these four are the grotesque characters, Widow Tuesday, the Black Widow of Mukinupin who delights in death and destruction; and Edie Perkins, the old lady who recites snatches of Victorian poetry. In discussing the role of her female characters Hewett indicates that the thematic struggle mostly lies within the range of the women : 'They are the most aware of the predicament and are the most violently affected by it' ('Creating Heroines', p79).

Notes

  • Sound recording available - 1980.

Production Details

  • Commissioned for the 150th anniversary of the state of Western Australia, The Man from Mukinupin was first produced at the Playhouse, Perth by the National Theatre Co. beginning 31 August 1979. The director was Stephen Barry. Jim Cotter (q.v.) composed the music. The 1981 Melbourne Theatre Company production (Russell Street Theatre) contained new music written by Elizabeth Riddle (q.v.).

    Other notable productions include : State Theatre Company of South Australia (Playhouse Theatre, Adelaide, 1980) ; Sydney Opera House (1981), directed by Rodney Fisher (q.v.) ; Old Vic Theatre, London (1981) ; Theatre 3, Canberra (1982), directed by Ross McGregor, with Jim Cotter (music director) ; NIDA (Parade Theatre, Sydney, 1990), directed by Terry Clarke.

    The Man from Mukinupin has been staged many times by amateur theatre companies, and because of its thematic issues is frequently produced by university drama schools.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Sydney, New South Wales,: Fremantle Press ; Currency Press , 1979 .
      Extent: x, 122pp.
      Edition info: A special sesquicentennial edition.
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: For my sons, Joe, Michael and Tom Flood, who, like their mother, grew up in the West.
      • Epigraph: 'It's a country full of old men, with thumbscrews on their hunger, Their crosses leaning sideways in the scrub. My cousins spit to windward, great noses blue with moonlight, Their shoulders propping up the Kunjin pub.' From 'Once I rode with Clancy', Windmill Country.
      ISBN: 0909144249
      ca. 1979 .
      Extent: 85 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (photocopy).
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Text annotated by hand.

      Holdings

      Held at: Library and Information Service of Western Australia Library & Information Service of WA
      ca. 1980 .
      Extent: [6], 98 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (duplicated).
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Manuscript emendations.
      • No music.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library

Works about this Work

How Australian is It? Alison Croggon , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 200 2010; (p. 55-62)
Dorothy Hewett's Sacred Place Jasna Novakovic , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 56 2010; (p. 203-218)
Hewitt Revival a Pure Delight John McCallum , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 April 2009; (p. 8)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
Strewth! : Tea on Company Time Graeme Leech , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 April 2009; (p. 11)
Untitled John Bailey , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 June 2009; (p. 22)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
Not All about the Romance Jason Blake , 2007 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 29 July 2007; (p. 21)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
30 Years on, Play Highly Relevant 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Koori Mail , 25 February no. 445 2009; (p. 50)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
Prising off Veneer of Civic Pride Jason Blake , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 3 April 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
Ghosts of a Lost Australia Nicholas Pickard , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 12 April 2009; (p. 23)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
Riotous Revival Shows its Colours Martin Ball , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 16 June 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of The Man from Mukinupin : A Musical Play in Two Acts Dorothy Hewett 1979 single work musical theatre
At the Opening of Dorothy Hewett's New Play i "Bees dried of their honey swarmed about her", Guy Weller , 1980 single work poetry
— Appears in: Artlook , November vol. 6 no. 11 1980; (p. 47)
Never Far from Home Bryce Hallett , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21-22 March 2009; (p. 4-5)
An article, featuring actor Kerry Walker, about Company B's 2009 production of Dorothy Hewett's The Man from Mukinupin.
Force of Nature Graeme Blundell , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 21-22 March 2009; (p. 17-18)
Playing with the Lessons of a Hidden History Owen Richardson , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 7 June 2009; (p. 17)
This column discusses the 2009 Company B and Melbourne Theatre Company revival of the play directed by Wesley Enoch.
Dreaming the Next Stage Robin Usher , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 9 June 2009; (p. 14)
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