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Issue Details: First known date: 1945... 1945 Sur Le Pont
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Oriel Gray's Sur Le Pont is 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 Durier, with Paul Lanyon appearing to be concerned about Durier's activities. He convinces Annette, who is romantically involved with Durier, 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 plays reads well with good pace and interesting characters who have depth.

The characters in the play are:

  • Emilie (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 Durier (actor/entertainer) 
  • Albert (Lanyon's onstage partner) 
  • Annette (actress/entertainer).

Exhibitions

10785765

Notes

  • 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
      Note/s:
      • Manuscript held at the Fryer Library is marked up for the part of Julie.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: The Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts
      Local Id: H0696

Works about this Work

At Sydney Theatres "Sur Le Pont" i "Thirty-four music hall items have been polished into a revue now being staged at the Independent Theatre for a season of Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.", 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Le Courrier Australien , 1 January 1960; (p. 5)

— Review of Sur Le Pont Oriel Gray 1945 single work drama
At Sydney Theatres "Sur Le Pont" i "Thirty-four music hall items have been polished into a revue now being staged at the Independent Theatre for a season of Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.", 1960 single work review
— Appears in: Le Courrier Australien , 1 January 1960; (p. 5)

— Review of Sur Le Pont Oriel Gray 1945 single work drama
Last amended 7 Aug 2017 19:23:40
Settings:
  • Arles,
    c
    France,
    c
    Western Europe, Europe,
  • 1944
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