'In 1939, a lost tribe of Europeans was discovered in the Tasmanian wilderness. They were a band of outcasts who had escaped the torture of convict life, scratching out an existence at the forgotten edge of the island, alone for almost a century.
'Inspired by this true story, writer Louis Nowra (Cosi, Radiance) penned The Golden Age – an extraordinary play that blends historical fact, Australian folklore and poetic language to create a post-colonial myth for our times. Nowra’s outcasts have developed a culture and dialect all of their own, but their bodies are failing them and their very existence is in danger. Brought back into the fold of Australian society, what fate awaits this band of exiles?'
Source: Sydney Theatre Company (2016 revival).
Play with music.
First produced by the Playbox Theatre Co., Studio Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 8 February 1985.
Director: Neil Armfield.
Composer: Sarah de Jong.
Has also been produced abroad.
Performed at Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay 19 : 14 January - 20 February 2016.
Director: Kip Williams.
Designer: David Fleischer.
Composer & Sound Designer: Max Lyandvert.
Lighting Designer: Damien Cooper.
Dramaturg: Paige Rattray.
With Rarriwuy Hick, Remy Hii, Brandon McClelland, Robert Menzies, Liam Nunan, Zindzi Okenyo, Sarah Peirse, Anthony Taufa, and Ursula Yovich.