Brumby Innes 'begins with a corroboree and, like Coonardoo, attempts to engage with a portrayal of Aboriginal life. Its central character, Brumby Innes, is a swaggering drunk who exploits the black workers on his station and abuses the women; he bears a close resemblance to Sam Geary in Coonardoo. Yet, Brumby Innes provides the central energy of the drama, and the celebration of that energy in the play conflicts with the dramatic critique of his sexism and racism. Brumby Innes's character exemplifies the ambivalent attitude in Prichard's work toward this type of male hero. Portrayed as stereotypically masculine, such characters are admired for their energetic, vital sexuality; yet, the extreme limitations of such maleness are also acknowledged.'
Source: Bird, Delys. 'Katharine Susannah Prichard.' Australian Writers, 1915-1950. Ed. Selina Samuels. Detroit: Gale, 2002. Dictionary of Literary Biography Vol. 260.
Performed by the Australian Performing Group and Nindethana Theatre at the Pram Factory, Carlton, Melbourne, 1-30 November 1972. Director: John Smythe. Cast: Dennis Miller, Lynette Curran, Vic Marsh, Peter Cummins, Maria Briggs, Val Power, Elizabeth Hoffman, Monica Hoffman, Harry Williams, Joyce Johnson, Jack Charles, Bert Williams, Ian Johnson, Bernie Hoffman.
Also produced at the Nimrod Uptairs, Surry Hills, Sydney, 28 November 1983; and at the Street Theatre Studio, Acton, Canberra, 23 September 1995.
(Brumby Innes did not achieve a promised production with the Melbourne Repertory Theatre although Katharine Susannah Prichard and the director, Gregan McMahon, corresponded about the style and design of the production.)
'A history of Katharine Susannah Prichard's 1927 play entitled Brumby Innes. The Prichard papers (NLA MS 6201) at the National Library of Australia were used to write the essay.' (Trove Australia)