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Issue Details: First known date: 1978... 1978 The Passage
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A mystical play in which the Girl talks to her grandmother, a man, and several women about what it means to be a woman. The Girl is constantly anxious about the Passage and whether or not she should go down it. Sometimes it is there, sometimes it is hidden behind a door, and at one point the Girl fears it is blocked for good.


  • Characters

    The Girl

    The Man: who plays the Voice, Concertina Man, Waiter, Shop-Walker, Inventor, Producer.

    Two Men: who play Jack and Tom, stage-hands; two American soldiers.

    Four Women: to play Midwives, Socialites.

    One Woman: to play two Grandmothers and Alexandra; and voice of Mother.

    Two Voices: a child and a boy.


    The one set, as explained in the text, serves as a house on the street in Act 1; a department store in Act 2; and a garden outside a house in Act 3.

    The Girl - wears the same white semi-transparent balletic dress throughout the play. Suggest flesh-coloured tights under, and soft-soled white slippers, no heels.

Production Details

  • Presented by Celebration Company for Music Theatre Research. Performed at Galley Theatre, Bowen Hills: 25 May 1975. 

    Designer: Gregory Gesch.

    Composer: Robert Keane.

    Cast including Diane Berryman, Elaine Cusick, Gregory Gesch, Beresford Mutton, and Chris Young.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1978 .
      Extent: 56l.p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The University of Queensland's Fryer Library holds one copy of 'The Passage'. The script has been typed onto white paper. There are some handwritten annotations made in blue ink.


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
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