Les Harding, onetime Japanese prisoner-of-war, takes a package cruise to Japan with his wife. As he draws near, long-repressed memories of suffering well up. A rich, ironic study of Australian xenophobia..
Source: Currency Press
Unit Suitable For
AC: Senior Secondary (Literature Unit 3)
Australian humour, Australian identity, gender, marriage, memory, national spirit, racism, the past, war
Critical and creative thinking, Ethical understanding, Literacy, Personal and social
Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
First produced by the Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory, Melbourne, 6 August 1974. Also produced at the Perth Playhouse, March 1975.
Performed by the Griffin Theatre Company at SBW Stables Theatre, Kings Cross 11 October - 16 November 2013.
Director: Sam Strong.
Designer: Stephen Curtis.
Lighting Designer: Verity Hampson.
Composer: Kelly Ryall.
Assistant Director: Pierce Wilcox.
Associate Lighting Designer: Sara Swersky.
Cast: Valerie Bader, Peter Kowitz, Tony Llewellyn-Jones, Justin Smith, Justin Stewart Cotta, and Shingo Usami.
'If Australian drama came of age in the 1940s and 1950s, in the 1970s it reached full maturity. More work by more playwrights by more companies for larger audiences: this is the basic narrative of the period. The AusStage database indicates that between 1970 and 1979, local productions of Australian plays more than doubled. And if the standard of that drama could be variable, there is no doubting the craft, intelligence and audacity of its peak achievements.' (Introduction)