The action takes place in Melbourne in the weeks leading up to a federal election. The Women’s Anti-Socialist League have selected Doris Quiverton—daughter of the conservative Prime Minister, Sir Joseph Quiverton—to stand for the seat of Wombat. However, no sooner than Doris learns that she has been selected, her fiancé, Sydney Barrett, reveals that he is competing for the same seat. A socialist and an atheist, Barrett opposes everything both Doris’ Liberal father and the Women’s Anti-Socialist League stand for. Doris must carefully navigate extreme political ideals and intense personal relationships.
"That hilarious comedy, "The Time is Not Ripe," published in 1912, is rather a breathless play, in which the political distractions of that era are complicated by the invention of a love affair between the socialist leader and the daughter of his principal opponent."
The Daily Mercury (1943). Louis Esson. [online] p.2. Available [Accessed 5 Mar. 2018].
First produced by the Melbourne Repertory Theatre at the Athaneum Hall, Melbourne, 23 July 1912. Also by the Melbourne Theatre Company at the Comedy Theatre, Melbourne, November 1973.
Broadcast on ABC Radio National on Sunday 19 December 2010 as part of the Playing the 20th Century series.