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Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980 Australian Theatre Festival
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'In 1979/1980 a festival of classic Australian theatrical plays was produced under the name Australian Theatre Festival...This included such well-known plays as Coralie Landsdowne Says No, The Department, and A Toast to Melba. In spite of starring actors who would have been well known to theatre-goers...the series was a failure with audiences.'

'There were six plays adapted for this series... reputed to have been very unimaginatively directed... This could have had something to do with the tiny cash budgets (around $5000 an episode) that they were allocated. The programs went to air on Sunday nights...'
Source: Jacka, Elizabeth. The ABC of Drama : 1975-1990. Sydney: AFTRS, 1991, p.48, 78


form y separately published work icon Coralie Lansdowne Says No Alex Buzo , Sydney : ABC Television , 1979 Z1852808 1979 single work film/TV Sydney : ABC Television , 1979
form y separately published work icon Big Toys Patrick White , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 Z1520705 1980 single work film/TV

Adapted by Patrick White from his play of the same name, Big Toys is a brittle comedy of sexual politics in which the biggest toy of all is uranium. The narrative explores the domestic triangle of Queen's Counsel Ritchie Bousanquet, his promiscuous wife Mag, and idealistic trade union leader Terry Legge. Behind this is a sharp indictment, by a veteran critic of the vacant heart, of what White sees as the frivolous misuse in Australia of the power and responsibilities that come with privilege.

Australia : ABC Television , 1980
form y separately published work icon A Toast to Melba Jack Hibberd , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 Z1668510 1980 single work film/TV Australia : ABC Television , 1980
form y separately published work icon Bedfellows Barry Oakley , Sydney : ABC Television , 1980 Z1853183 1980 single work film/TV Sydney : ABC Television , 1980
form y separately published work icon The Department David Williamson , Sydney : ABC Television , 1980 Z866783 1980 single work film/TV Sydney : ABC Television , 1980
form y separately published work icon Departmental Mervyn Rutherford , Australia : ABC Television , 1980 Z897866 1980 single work film/TV

'Departmental is the story of a theft of money in a police station and the interrogation of two uniformed policemen. (The playwright is a policeman turned barrister.)

'There are only four characters in the play. Ray Barrett plays Superintendent Spartan, the officer leading the inquiry into the theft. Martin Vaughan (known for his mammoth role in Frank Hardy's Power Without Glory) plays Inspector Cook, assisting Spartan in the interrogation.

'The two uniformed police who are suspected of taking the money are played by Gary Day as Constable Mcllveney and Rod Williams as Constable Pyers.'


'Tough Roles Because I'm Ugly: Barrett', Australian Women's Weekly, 6 August 1980, p.125S. (Via Trove.)

Australia : ABC Television , 1980

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