'Setting her action in a large hospital, Miss Blewett has undertaken no simple task in dealing with nursing from both its practical and psychological aspects, complicated in two cases by individual emotional strains. The play covers the hours of one hectic night in the hospital, in which the emotional preoccupations of several of the staff intrude on their professional duties' ('Australian Play' Argus 10 March 1941, 6).
SISTER MURPHY of the day staff at St. Agnes’
SISTER RANKIN (FRANCES)
NURSE RUTH SINCLAIR 3rd Year
NURSE JEAN SPARROW 1st Year
NURSE WILLIAMS 1st Year
NURSE PATSY CURTIN Junior
RUSSEL KEANE A Patient
DR. ANGUS MACREADY Resident Doctor at the Hospital
MRS. LEILA CLAYTON A patient
DR. RICHARD CLAYTON
A live television production of Dorothy Blewett's play Quiet Night, broadcast on Melbourne's ABV (ABC) station. Adapted for television by Wal Cherry.
Quiet Night was a very popular play for repertory and amateur theatre groups gaining a large number of productions.
The playscript for Quiet Night is available from AustLit in a transcribed version through the Australian Drama Archive. The revised version published by Samuel French from Blewett's time in London will be made available shortly. (October, 2018)
1941: Little Theatre, South Yarra, Melbourne (Victoria); 8-11 March [world premiere]
1941: Repertory Theatre, Perth; 4-6 September.
1942: Albert Hall, Brisbane; 19-20 March.
1943: Sydney Conservatorium; 25-26 June. Changes made to the script by Director. Letter detailing the changes and the prompt book for the performance held in Blewett's papers.
1944: Assembly Hall, Western Area Training Depot, Karrinyup, Perth; 14 December.
1945: Coburg Town Hall, Melbourne; 8 Aug.
1947: St Peter's Hall, Eastern Hill, Melbourne; 10 July
1948: Stow Hall, Adelaide; 12, 13 and 16 October.
1949: Wagga Teachers' College, Wagga Wagga (New South Wales); 17-18 August
1950: Townsville, Queensland; 31 March - 1 April.
1950: Killara Town Hall, Sydney; 15, 17, 19 April.
1950: Trinity Church Hall, Dubbo (New South Wales); 31 July
1950: Millicent Town Hall, South Australia; 17-18 August.
1953: The Ashfield Players at the Ashfield Theatrette, 327 Collins St., Melbourne on 27 May.
Quiet Night was produced a number of times in the UK. The record of productions remains incomplete. In addition to the productions listed below, the play was produced in Salford and Eastbourne in 1953.
1953: Withington Players. St. Luke's Hall, Didsbury, Manchester (United Kingdom); 30 & 31 January. First Performance in England
1953: Production (three performances) at Irlams o' th' Height, Salford, Manchester. March. Unknown theatre.
1953: The Withington Players production was presented at the Chorlton Theatre Club, Manchester, 14-18 July.
1953: Produced at The Byre Theatre, Wells, Somerset; 15-18 July.
Source: Advertised in the Shepton Mallet Journal, City of Wells, Reporter and County Advertiser, Friday, June 26, 1953
1953: Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire (United Kingdom); January.
1959: Coronation Hall, Reading (United Kingdom); March.
The television adaptation by Wal Cherry Quiet Night was broadcast on ABC Channel Two on 28 June 1961.
Also broadcast in the General Overseas Service Program on 1, 3, & 6 March 1953.
'Ambition that does not fall far short of achievement is revealed in the three act play Quiet Night, by an Australian writer, Miss Dorothy Blewett, which was presented at the Little Theatre on Saturday...'
'Clever lines and humor in a tragic theme characterise the play Quiet Night by Dorothy Blewett, which Marjorle McLeod is staging' at the Little Theatre, South Yarra...'
A review of the 1941 Western Australian Drama Festival production at Perth's Repertory Theatre.