y Travelling North single work   drama   - Two acts
Issue Details: First known date: 1978... 1978 Travelling North
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Frank and Frances find new life in a twilight love affair, to the consternation of their conventional children. Their dream takes them north to the sun; but no sooner do they find their idyll than signs of mortality betray Frank's lion spirit. Travelling North is David Williamson's tribute to the generation that fought for change in Australia from the 30s to the 70s; and reaches the rueful conclusion that the legacy of such self-determination is narrow-mindedness and the need for love. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).

Adaptations

form y Travelling North David Williamson , ( dir. Carl Schultz ) Sydney : View Films , 1986 Z948649 1986 single work film/TV

Travelling North is the story of a man's struggle to retain his dignity in the face of adversity and of his relationships with those around him. The narrative, with its King Lear overtones, revolves around Frank, a crotchety old man who nevertheless has an unending zest and passion for life, and his companion Frances. As events unfold, she watches helplessly as Frank attempts to come to terms with the complexity of his personality and his strong desire to live his remaining days to the fullest.

Notes

  • Dedication: For Hope Wilkinson
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Production Details

  • First produced at the Nimrod Theatre, Sydney, 22 August 1979. Director: John Bell. Also performed during the 1980 Festival of Perth at The Playhouse Theatre.

    Sydney Theatre Company performance : 9 January - 22 March 2014 with Greta Scacchi and Brian Brown as the lead characters.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Sydney,: Currency Press , 1980 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
This World and the Next, Philip Parsons , 1978-1980 single work criticism (p. vii-xiv)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1978 .
      Extent: 74 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Series: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts series - publisher

      A collection in the Fryer Library at The University of Queensland of manuscript film and play scripts.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H2416

Works about this Work

Travelling North, Sydney Theatre Company Jessica Keath , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 30 January 2014;

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
[Untitled] Elissa Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 2 February 2014; (p. 75)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Steamy Romance Lacks Wit and Warmth John McCallum , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 24 January 2014; (p. 12)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Attempt to Deliver a Fresh Edge to Williamson Classic Lacks Warmth Jason Blake , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 23 January 2014; (p. 16)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Beauty and the Beast Grace Blacket , 2014 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 4-5 January 2014; (p. 3)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
'The actors revisiting a David Williamson play about an older couple find it has a special resonance, writes Grace Blacket.'
Three Australian Plays: From 1868 to 1979 May-Brit Akerholt , 1981 single work review
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 3 no. 2 1981; (p. 144-148)

— Review of Colonial Experience Walter H. Cooper 1868 single work drama ; Boy's Own McBeth : A Really Rotten Tragedy Grahame Bond Jim Burnett 1980 single work musical theatre ; Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Travelling Peter George Kemeny , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Artlook , March vol. 6 no. 3 1980; (p. 13)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled George Mulgrue , 1980 single work review
— Appears in: Artlook , April vol. 6 no. 4 1980; (p. 25)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Northern Drift Offers Small Pause for Thought Rosemary Sorensen , 2008 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 26 August 2008; (p. 14)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Untitled Jason Blake , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 8 March 2009; (p. 21)

— Review of Travelling North David Williamson 1978 single work drama
Introduction Katharine Brisbane , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Collected Plays : Volume II 1993; (p. vii-xiv)
Letters Robert Blakeley , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 10 - 16 September no. 702 2008; (p. 5)
Letters Catherine Lawrence , 2008 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 10 - 16 September no. 702 2008; (p. 5)
y Reel Meals, Set Meals : Food in Film and Theatre Gaye Poole , Sydney : Currency Press , 1991 Z1536510 1991 single work prose A study of the social and symbolic meaning of food that begins with an overview that demonstrates the use of food in plays throughout the ages and how filmmakers quickly learnt to exploit its potential.
An Alternative Route : David Williamson's Travelling North Peter Fitzpatrick , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints : H.S.C. English Literature , no. 86 1985; (p. 190-197)
Last amended 5 Jan 2014 08:19:19
Settings:
  • Tweed Heads, Tweed Heads - Kingscliff area, Far North Coast, New South Wales,
  • Melbourne, Victoria,
  • Queensland,
  • 1969-1972
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