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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... 1929 Morning
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Set in a log cabin in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales during the early goldrush era, Burton and Lucy are two runaway convicts who have hewn out a primitive existence in the harsh bushland. The story begins in the morning, shortly after Lucy has given birth to a son. Burton, a quiet, strong and apparently educated man is tending to the house and his 'wife'. As they consider the impact of the child on their already meagre lives, a prospector, lost during the course of a drunken spree, wanders into their lives. They feed him from their limited supply of food while he gloats about the gold he has found, showing them the nuggets. Each has been named after the use he will put them to. As he sobers up the stranger becomes wary and suspicious of the couple and rightly guesses who they are. He leaves, and shortly afterwards is followed by Burton, armed with his rifle.

Writing of the play in the Australian Women's Weekly following its publication in Best Australian One-Act Plays, Leslie Haylen writes: 'It succeeds on its dramatic situation, the texture of its writing and its craftsmanship. In some respects it is not a "nice" play and is probably all the better for that. It has an ugly ending, in the tragic manner, uses the convict theme, and no doubt if produced someone would want to ban it. Still, it is a brilliant play in every way' (18 September 1937, p.30).

Notes

  • First produced under the auspices of the Melbourne Little Theatre.

  • Included in the Playwrights' Advisory Board list of Australian plays. The Playwright's Advisory Board was a Sydney organisation that encouraged the perfomance of and sponsored the publication of Australian plays.

    Source: https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-526714238, Page 19

Production Details

  • 1932: Kiosk Theatre, Fawkner Park, South Yarra, Melbourne; 2 June [World premiere]

    • Producer: Melbourne Little Theatre Company
    • Cast: Raymond W???? E Lennard Roberts, Thelma Ma??
    • Plays on the same program (1-4 June): Traitors by Gilbert R. Hillman, Van Diemen's Land by J. Ormiston Reid, The Mystery of Manfred Moon by Isabel Handley.

    Source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/147287244


    1939: Independent Theatre Clubrooms, 175 Pitt St, Sydney; 17 August

    • Producer: New Theatre League
    • Performed alongside Leading Lady by Sydney Tomholt (produced by Independent Theatre), Shallow Cups by Dymphna Cusack (produced by Sydney University Dramatic Society), The Woman Tamer by Louis Esson (produced by Bryant's Playhouse), That's Murder by Lionel Shave (produced by Sydney Players' Club).
    • Sponsored by the Playwrights' Advisory Board, under the patronage of Lady Halse Rogers, in aid of Playwrights' Advisory Board funds.

    Sources: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/247776682

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/231403760

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17612698

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17602644.


    1940: Workers' Art Club, 36 Pitt Street, Sydney; 11 and18 February.

    • Producer Sydney New Theatre League
    • Staged along with Cupid Rampant by Percy Corry and Black 'ell by Miles Malleson.

    Sources: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17662911

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/210477013


    1940: Maryborough; 17 May

    • Producer: Maryborough Amateur Theatre
    • Cast: Cecil Ambrose, Dorothy Rex, John Malouf
    • Director: Idwal Davies

    Source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/151355072


    1941: Easter Festival of Drama; Careel Head, Whale Beach, NSW; 13 April

    • Producer: Castle Crag Community Players
    • Plays produced at the same festival included The End of Courage (produced by the Federation Players), Hotel Universe (produced by the Armidale Arts and Crafts Players and Sydney University Drama Society), The Long Christmas Dinner (produced by the Independent Theatre), The Wind and the Rain (produced by the Dajonians), Private Hicks (produced by the New Theatre League), Major Barbara (produced by Bryant's Playhouse), Ma Sampson (produced by Armidale Arts and Crafts Players)
    • Performed at a festival over three days organised by the Federation Players' Rosalie Collins and Dympna Cusack, opened by the Director of Education, Mr McKenzie.

    Source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/17718730


    1942: Congregational Hall, Katoomba, NSW; 19 August

    • Producer: Mrs. L. C. H. Barbour
    • Staged along with Rosalind and Catherine Parr. 

    Source: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/189907610

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1929 .
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Registered for copyright by Mary Isobel Davies (Betty M. Davies) in Melbourne on 29 May 1929. Application accepted on 30 May 1929.

        Source: National Archives of Australia, series A1336, control symbol 18671

      Holdings

      Held at: National Archives of Australia National Archives Library
      Local Id: A1336 /18671
      Note:
      19 leaves

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Location: Hanger Collection of Australian Playscript
      Local Id: H1495
      Note:
      11 leaves (page 9 is missing)

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y separately published work icon Contemporary Settler Literature : Resources for Students and Teachers Travis Franks , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2017 13356230 2017 single work multimedia bibliography

'Here you will find an introduction to settler colonial theory and contemporary settler colonial literature. This exhibition is intended to survey the major and minor authors, works, and ideas involved with settler colonial writing in Australia, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, since the 1990s.

'In addition to the overview statements on this page, you can click on other tabs to see timeline of publication dates in historical context, a glossary of common terms, an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, brief discussions of themes and motifs useful for student researchers and teachers interested in including settler colonialism in their curricula, and information about comparative settler colonial studies between Australia and the US.'

Source: Abstract.

Twenty-One Fine Plays Hail Our Artistic Coming Of Age Leslie Haylen , 1937 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Weekly , 18 September 1937;

— Review of Best Australian One-Act Plays 1937 anthology drama
Drama Night Hattie Knight , 1930 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 18 November vol. 2 no. 11 1930; (p. 299-301)

— Review of Morning Betty M. Davies , 1929 single work drama ; White Feather Furnley Maurice , 1930 single work drama ; The Kitchen Table : A Play in One Act Vida Lenox , 1930 single work drama
Four Australian Plays 1930 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 17 October vol. 2 no. 10 1930; (p. 277)
Drama Night Hattie Knight , 1930 single work review
— Appears in: All About Books , 18 November vol. 2 no. 11 1930; (p. 299-301)

— Review of Morning Betty M. Davies , 1929 single work drama ; White Feather Furnley Maurice , 1930 single work drama ; The Kitchen Table : A Play in One Act Vida Lenox , 1930 single work drama
Four Australian Plays 1930 single work column
— Appears in: All About Books , 17 October vol. 2 no. 10 1930; (p. 277)
Twenty-One Fine Plays Hail Our Artistic Coming Of Age Leslie Haylen , 1937 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Women's Weekly , 18 September 1937;

— Review of Best Australian One-Act Plays 1937 anthology drama
y separately published work icon Contemporary Settler Literature : Resources for Students and Teachers Travis Franks , St Lucia : AustLit: The Australian Literature Resource , 2017 13356230 2017 single work multimedia bibliography

'Here you will find an introduction to settler colonial theory and contemporary settler colonial literature. This exhibition is intended to survey the major and minor authors, works, and ideas involved with settler colonial writing in Australia, and, to a lesser extent, the United States, since the 1990s.

'In addition to the overview statements on this page, you can click on other tabs to see timeline of publication dates in historical context, a glossary of common terms, an annotated bibliography of primary and secondary sources, brief discussions of themes and motifs useful for student researchers and teachers interested in including settler colonialism in their curricula, and information about comparative settler colonial studies between Australia and the US.'

Source: Abstract.

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