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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

This play juxtaposes the journeys towards death of members of Robert Falcon Scott's Antarctic expedition with that of residents in an Australian nursing home.

Production Details

  • First produced at fortyfivedownstairs theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, 6 - 29 August 2010.

    Director: Julian Meyrick.


    Set for production by Malthouse Theatre, 10 July to 2 August 2020.

    Director: Susie Dee.

    Set and Costume Designer: Marg Horwell.

    Lighting Designer: Rachel Burke.

    Composer and Sound Designer: Kelly Ryall.

    Cast includes Shane Bourne, Julie Forsyth, and Brian Lipson.

    Production cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.


    Malthouse production to be followed by production by Redline Productions at Old Fitz Theatre, 12 August - 12 September 2020.

    Director: Dino Dimitriadis.

    Status of the production unclear.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2006
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Do Not Go Gentle and The Berry Man : Two Plays Patricia Cornelius , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2011 Z1806591 2011 selected work drama (taught in 1 units)

    'In Do Not Go Gentle… Scott’s ill-fated Antarctic expedition is a metaphor for the elusive journey of five elderly people facing the final leg of their travels in an aged care facility. Scott’s passage across the Antarctic, as he confronts a landscape of ice and perilous weather, powerfully parallels their courage and inevitable defeat. Yet with unbroken spirit, this funny, angry, defiant group grapple with the big questions of life as they rage against the dying of the light. The Berry Man is a searing indictment of the consequences of war, with the humour and fragile, flawed characters that are a trademark of Cornelius’ writing.' (Publication summary)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2011
    pg. 1-63

Works about this Work

No Going Gently Harry Windsor , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , October no. 160 2019; (p. 74-77)
'“The truth is, most theatre is fucking boring.” So says Patricia Cornelius, one of the country’s best playwrights. Long unproduced by mainstage companies, the Melbourne writer is experiencing an uptick in opportunities and acclaim, but her surging profile doesn’t seem to have affected the sweary indelicacy that is one of her most endearing qualities. “I don’t see it as therapy,” she says. “I can’t stand that shit.” ' (Introduction)
The Life In Them Words Ben Brooker , 2016 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , November 2016;
Canvas Rage, Rage About the Dying of Quality Australian Drama As Too Often We Play It Safe Julian Meyrick , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 19 September 2011; (p. 15)
Gently Does It with Playwright's Triple Treat 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 13 September 2011; (p. 17)
Triple Treat a Possibility for Playwright Robin Usher , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 2 August 2011; (p. 15)
A Truly Captivating Production Martin Ball , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 9 August 2010; (p. 19)

— Review of Do Not Go Gentle... Patricia Cornelius , 2006 single work drama
Untitled John Bailey , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 15 August 2010; (p. 19)

— Review of Do Not Go Gentle... Patricia Cornelius , 2006 single work drama
The Poeetry of Age in An Uncertain World Alison Croggon , 2010 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 9 August 2010; (p. 17)

— Review of Do Not Go Gentle... Patricia Cornelius , 2006 single work drama
Prize Winner That May Not Be Staged Neil Pigot , 2007 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 16 August 2007;
Worth the Wait Robin Usher , 2009 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 17 November 2009; (p. 14)
Play No Sentimental Journey for this Assembly of Stayers John Bailey , 2010 single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 25 July 2010; (p. 7)
Election Dramas Michael Connor , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Quadrant , October vol. 54 no. 10 2010; (p. 100-103)
Triple Treat a Possibility for Playwright Robin Usher , 2011 single work column
— Appears in: The Age , 2 August 2011; (p. 15)
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