Lawson is Oriel Gray's first full-length play, and is based on the stories of Henry Lawson. These stories include ‘Past Carin'’, ‘At Dead Dingo’, ‘Arvie Aspinall’s Alarm Clock’, ‘The Man Who Forgot’, ‘Pretty Girl in the Army’, ‘Water them Geraniums’ and ‘Steelman’s Pupil’.
The narrative begins with Wilson, Macquarie and Lawson yarning round a campfire beside a drover’s track. Lawson is the group’s chief storyteller. As each story materialises, the fire and the figures around it fade out and a spotlight thrown on the opposite side of the stage illuminates each new set of characters.
Characters in the play (in order of appearance):