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(2019: co-production)

First known date: 1955 Issue Details: First known date: 1955... 1955 The Torrents
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The Torrents is set in a newspaper office on an Australian gold-mining town in the late 19th century. It centres on a woman struggling to be accepted into the world of men.

It also focuses on a young engineer who dreams of improving the land in order to grow trees and crops but his ideas are blocked by the town elders.

Exhibitions

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Adaptations

form y separately published work icon The Torrents Oriel Gray , ( dir. Oscar Whitbread ) Melbourne : ABC Television , 1968 Z1821220 1968 single work film/TV
y separately published work icon A Bit o' Petticoat : A Musical Ray Kolle , Peter Pinne (composer), Montmorency : Yackandandah Playscripts , 1992 Z112554 1992 single work musical theatre

Production Details

  • 1956 : Adelaide New Theatre, Stow Hall, 9 August.


    1996 : State Theatre Company, South Adelaide, August.


    2019 : Black Swan Theatre Company and Sydney Theatre Company co-production, 15 - 30 June 2019 (Heath Ledger Theatre, Perth) and 22 July - 24 August 2019 (Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House).

    Director: Clare Watson.

    Dramaturg: Virginia Gay.

    Cast: Gareth Davies, Sophia Forrest, Sam Longley, Alan Little, Celia Pacquola, and Steve Rodgers.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,:Currency Press ,State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Torrents and the Doll, Barbara Ann Harding , single work column (p. viii-ix)
Oriel Gray and the New Theatre, Barbara Ann Harding , single work criticism biography (p. ix-xii)
The Torrents, Barbara Ann Harding , single work criticism (p. xii-xiv)
[Untitled], Oriel Gray , extract autobiography (p. xv-xvi)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1950-1955 .
      Extent: 130 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Typescript (carbon copy)
      • Includes revisions to Act 2, Scene 1.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H0697A

Works about this Work

Oriel Gray’s The Torrents Steve Dow , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Paper , 10-16 August 2019;

'The Sydney-born playwright Oriel Gray didn’t particularly like journalists but enjoyed journalists’ banter and their constant search for a scoop. When her ABC reporter partner, John Hepworth, joined the Canberra press gallery prior to the 1949 federal election that ousted her beloved prime minister Ben Chifley, Gray discovered journos went to lots of great parties. “Your head spun from unbelievably believable gossip, suppositions and innuendos both political and sexual, as much as it did from the variegated liquor,” she marvelled decades later.' (Introduction)

[Review] The Torrents Susan Lever , 2019 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 413 2019; (p. 66)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1955 single work drama

'Anyone with an interest in Australia’s drama history is likely to have some curiosity about Oriel Gray’s play The Torrents, joint winner of a Playwright Advisory Board prize in 1955 alongside Ray Lawler’s ground-breaking Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Unlike Lawler’s play, it was not performed at the time. According to the current producers, it has had only one other professional production before this current version by Black Swan Theatre in Perth, which has reached Sydney after seasons in Perth and Brisbane.' (Introduction)

Why Revive a Forgotten Australian Classic? Oriel Gray’s The Torrents Remains Relevant Today Vivienne Glance , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 21 June 2019;

'Set in a regional Australian newsroom in the 1890s, Oriel Gray’s The Torrents is a play about change. On the surface, it is about one man’s attempt to revitalise a declining gold mining town, but it also looks at the challenges of young journalist Jenny Milford as she tries to be taken seriously in the workforce. Both issues are unfortunately still relevant over 60 years after the play was first produced.' (Introduction)

The New Woman Victoria Laurie , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 June 2019; (p. 6)

Oriel Gray’s almost-forgotten play finally is getting the overdue respect it deserves By Victoria Laurie

The Sacrifice of Oriel Gray (1920-2003) : Australian Playwright Merrilee Moss , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 68 2016; (p. 75-96)
'Between 1943 and 1960, Australian playwright Oriel Gray had more than fourteen theatre scripts produced in almost every capital city of Australia. She was arguably the first playwright-in-residence in Australia's history and one of only a few Australian playwrights to make her living from her work. She wrote numerous radio plays for 2KY in the 1940s and many more for the then Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) in the 1950s. She was well respected and well reviewed. She won many playwriting awards, including the Wagga Wagga play competition prize in 1946 for My Life Is My Affair, the J.C. Williamson Guild competition prize in 1960 for Burst of Summer and the 1955 Playwrights Advisory Board's (PAB) prize for the best Australian play with her script The 'Torrents'.' (Publication abstract)
Trickle of Humor Dampens Torrents Tim Lloyd , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 26 August 1996; (p. 30)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1955 single work drama
Desperate Bid to Revive Monster Proves Hopeless Peter Ward , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 27 August 1996; (p. 8)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1955 single work drama
The Importance of Irrelevance John Edge , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 10 September vol. 116 no. 6037 1996; (p. 84)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1955 single work drama
Pressing Issues Murray Bramwell , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Adelaide Review , September no. 156 1996; (p. 30-31)

— Review of The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1955 single work drama
Untitled Helen Thomson , 1998 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 32 1998; (p. 147-150)

— Review of Blackrock Nick Enright , 1995 single work drama ; The Torrents Oriel Gray , 1955 single work drama
Stage by Stage Jo Litson , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 24-25 August 1996;
Examines the re-staging of Oriel Gray's The Torrents by the State Theatre Company of South Australia in August 1996.
Four Australian Women Playwrights Iris O'Loughlin , Marjorie Fitzgerald , Mona Brand , Nancy Wills , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Feminist Studies , no. 21 1995; (p. 129-152)
Four Australian women playwrights discuss aspects of their work. Includes extracts from plays performed at the conference.
The Torrents and the Doll Barbara Ann Harding , 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Torrents 1996; (p. viii-ix)
The Torrents Barbara Ann Harding , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Torrents 1996; (p. xii-xiv)
The Play that Time Forgot Michelle Arrow , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: Good Weekend , 9 December 1995; (p. 35-37)
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