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Issue Details: First known date: 1945... 1945 Sur Le Pont
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A one-act play set in the wardrobe room of the Talma Theatre in the small French provincial town of Arles in June 1944, the narrative begins shortly after an allied bombing raid has destroyed the armament compound hidden by the German military beneath the town's railway bridge.

The members of the small theatre company, which is currently presenting a revue, become aware that one of them is now passing information to the military police in order to propel his career opportunities elsewhere. The supposed traitor is identified as Charles Durrier, with Paul Lanyon appearing to be concerned about Durrier's activities. He convinces Annette, who is romantically involved with Durrier, to keep a watch on him. The tables are turned at the end of the play with the real traitor being exposed and dealt with.

The characters in the play are: Emile (wardrobe mistress), Julie (one half of the Bellini Sisters act - not actually sisters), Fifine (the other Bellini Sister), Barron (stage manager), Paul Lanyon (actor/entertainer), Charles Durrier (actor/entertainer), Albert (Lanyon's onstage partner), and Annette (actress/entertainer).

The plays reads well with good pace and interesting characters who have depth.


  • Sur Le Pont was first performed alongside Geneva (Act I) by Bernard Shaw, and The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass.
  • The title refers to a song of the same name.

Affiliation Notes

  • Selected for the Australian Drama Archive for digitisation and publication in 2017.

Production Details

  • 1945: New Theatre, Sydney; 11 August [premiere]

    • Director Jerold Wells
    • Sur Le Pont was presented as part of an evening on one-act plays. The other works staged were: Geneva (Act I) by Bernard Shaw, and The Valiant by Holworthy Hall and Robert Middlemass.

    1959: Independent Theatre, Sydney; 21 December

    • Producer Edward Hepple
    • Cast incl. Janice Copland, Sheila Kennelly
    • Presented as part of a musical theatre revue.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1945
      Extent: 14 l.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • Manuscript held at the Fryer Library is marked up for the part of Julie.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H0696
Last amended 1 Jun 2017 16:18:14
  • Arles,
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1944
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