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Issue Details: First known date: 1975... 1975 The White Man's Mission
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'The White man's Mission was a musical entertainment using the metaphor of rousing revivalist meeting to present episodes in the history of Australia and the South Pacific. Racism, slavery and exploitation were examined in a bitterly humorous documentary about the fate of Aborigines after the arrival of the white man on the continent, and the fate of the 50,00 descendants of the South Sea Islanders still living in Australia today' (Errol O'Neill. Challenging the Centre, p.63).

Production Details

  • 1975: Footscray Institute of Technology, Footscray, Melbourne; 5 October.

    • Director Albert Hunt; Producer Popular Theatre Troupe.

    1975: Guild Theatre, Parkville, Melbourne; 9-11 October.

    • Director Albert Hunt; Producer Popular Theatre Troupe.

    1975: Music Box Theatre, Hill End, Brisbane; 5 December.

    • Director Albert Hunt; Producer Popular Theatre Troupe.
    • Cast:Kathryn Porrill, Margaret Moore, Roslyn Atkinson, Duncan Campbell, Nick Hughes.

    1976: Royalty Theatre, Adelaide; 15-20 March

    1976: School's tour; Canberra, ACT; ca. April-May

    • Producer Popular Theatre Troupe, in association with Jigsaw Theatre Company.

    1981: Pram Factory, Melbourne; ca. February/March.

    1982: La Boite Theatre, Milton, Brisbane; 19 September - 5 October

    • Director Mark Gaal.

    NB: Erroll O'Neil records in Challenging the Centre (p.64) that The White Man's Mission was produced at Sydney's Nimrod Theatre but provides no details. No record of this production has yet been verified.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1975 .
      Extent: 32 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript (duplicated).
      (Manuscript) assertion


      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H1376
  • Appears in:
    y Challenging the Centre : Two Decades of Political Theatre : The Work of the Popular Theatre Troupe, Order By Numbers and Street Arts Community Theatre Steve Capelin (editor), Brisbane : Playlab , 1995 Z865094 1995 selected work drama

    'Queensland has been the scene of some remarkable, even notorious political events over the past twenty-five years or more. In that time a number of exciting theatre artists and companies have developed their philosophies and methodologies in this charged environment.

    Challenging the Centre represents the first attempt to capture some of these significant artistic endeavours which have occurred over the period 1974 to 1994. This book focuses on three key political and community theatre companies and places their works in a national and international context.

    The Popular Theatre Troupe had its origins in the early 1970s and was associated with a style of theatre which took political and social issues beyond the confines of traditional theatre spaces to industrial worksites, schools and to regional communities throughout Australia in a concerted attempt to offer an alternative analysis of the times.

    Order By Numbers existed briefly but burned brightly with passion and indignation. Their history captured the anger and frustration of life under a repressive political regime.

    Street Arts Community Theatre Company's work spans the 1980s and into the nineties and represents a radically different approach to the role of a socially relevant theatre company. Street Arts pursued a broader developmental approach to theatre in a community context and has made a significant contribution to community cultural development in Australia'

    Source: Challenging the Centre (back cover)

    Brisbane : Playlab , 1995
    pg. 181-212 Section: Part Five - Scripts
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