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Issue Details: First known date: 2004... 2004 Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset
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'It is 1899 and only the resolve of Lady Constance Drinkwater has kept the Far North Queensland settlement of Somerset from crumbling. Beset by storms, ill-luck and a mysterious disease that has killed all but two of Constance’s children, it is the arrival of strangers - anthropologist Professor Cornelius Crabbe and his companion, Mr Hop Lee - that sets in motion the final catastrophic days of Somerset.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

Affiliation Notes

  • Associated with the AustLit subset Australian Literary Responses to 'Asia' as the work contains a Chinese character.

Production Details

  • Presented and workshopped at the National Playwrights Conference, Newcastle, 19 June - 2 July 2005. Director: Michael Gow.
  • World premiere by the Queensland Theatre Company 10 July - 5 August 2006 at the Bille Brown Studio. Director: Marion Potts.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: ca. 2004
    • Fortitude Valley, Fortitude Valley - New Farm area, Brisbane - North East, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2006 .
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      Extent: 110p.p.
      Note/s:
      • Includes a foreword by and an interview with the playwright.
      ISBN: 0908156987

Works about this Work

Australian Gothic Drama : Mapping a Nation's Trauma from Convicts to the Stolen Generation Stephen Carleton , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , June no. 66 2015; (p. 11-39)
Australian Gothic : Theatre and the Northern Turn Stephen Carleton , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 51-67)
'This essay traces the recent scholarship on the prominence of a Gothic sensibility in Australian literary and cinema cultures, and argues that theatre has somehow been left out of this discussion of the genre...'(From author's introduction)
Light and Dark Brett Debritz , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 19 - 25 July no. 596 2006; (p. 23)

— Review of Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset Stephen Carleton 2004 single work drama
Thrilled with Award 2005 single work column
— Appears in: University News , December no. 550 2005; (p. 20)
A Fortunate Life Sandra McLean , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 - 29 May 2005; (p. 3)
Light and Dark Brett Debritz , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 19 - 25 July no. 596 2006; (p. 23)

— Review of Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset Stephen Carleton 2004 single work drama
A Fortunate Life Sandra McLean , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 28 - 29 May 2005; (p. 3)
Thrilled with Award 2005 single work column
— Appears in: University News , December no. 550 2005; (p. 20)
Australian Gothic : Theatre and the Northern Turn Stephen Carleton , 2012 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , vol. 27 no. 2 2012; (p. 51-67)
'This essay traces the recent scholarship on the prominence of a Gothic sensibility in Australian literary and cinema cultures, and argues that theatre has somehow been left out of this discussion of the genre...'(From author's introduction)
Australian Gothic Drama : Mapping a Nation's Trauma from Convicts to the Stolen Generation Stephen Carleton , 2015 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , June no. 66 2015; (p. 11-39)
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  • Far North Queensland, Queensland,
  • 1800-1899
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