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form y separately published work icon Big Toys single work   film/TV  
Adaptation of Big Toys Patrick White , 1977 single work drama
Issue Details: First known date: 1980... 1980 Big Toys
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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.


  • Television play.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

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      ABC Television ,
      1980 .
      Extent: 81 min.p.
      Series: form y separately published work icon Australian Theatre Festival ABC Television (publisher), ABC Television , 1980 Z1754637 1980 series - publisher film/TV '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
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