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Adaptation of The White Earth Andrew McGahan , 2004 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 2009... 2009 White Earth
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'When eight-year-old William witnesses his father burn to death in a freak farming accident, William and his sickly mother are cast upon the charity of a mysterious uncle, John McIvor. Encamped alone in the ruins of the once great station homestead, Kuran House, the aging McIvor is desperate for an heir and sets his sights upon the boy.

'Set against the background of the Native Title debate, this sweeping saga switches between William's present and McIvor's troubled past. Before these storylines collide in a dramatic climax, we are introduced to devious housekeepers, family secrets and a mythical Australian landscape of ghosts and monsters.'

Source : www.laboite.com.au (Sighted 10/02/2009).

Production Details

  • A La Boite Theatre Company Commission and World Premiere, 25 February - 21 March 2009 at the Roundhouse Theatre, Kelvin Grove.
  • This play is in two Acts.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 2009
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The White Earth [and] Bait Brisbane City : Playlab , 2009 Z1590279 2009 selected work drama

    'One spring day in late 1992, when William was halfway between his eighth birthday and his ninth, he looked out from the back verandah of his home and saw, huge in the sky, the mushroom cloud of a nuclear explosion. He stared at it, wondering. The thunderhead was dirty black, streaked with billows of grey. It rolled and boiled as it climbed into the clear blue day, casting a vast shadow upon the hills beyond. But there was no sound, no rumble of an explosion. William was aware of the smell of burning . . . but it was a good smell, a familiar smell. The smell of grass, of wheat, of the farm itself.

    His father dead by fire and his mother plagued by demons of her own, William is cast upon the charity of his unknown uncle – an embittered old man encamped in the ruins of a once great station homestead, Kuran House. It’s a baffling and sinister new world for the boy, a place of decay and secret histories. His uncle is obsessed by a long life of decline and by a dark quest for revival, his mother is desperate for a wealth and security she has never known, and all their hopes it seems come to rest upon William’s young shoulders. But as the past and present of Kuran Station unravel and merge together, the price of that inheritance may prove to be the downfall of them all. The White Earth is a haunting, disturbing and cautionary tale.' Sourced: https://readingaustralia.com.au/books/the-white-earth/

    Brisbane City : Playlab , 2009
    pg. 10-84
    • Fortitude Valley, Fortitude Valley - New Farm area, Brisbane - North East, Brisbane, Queensland,: Playlab , 2012 .
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      Extent: 103p.p.
      Edition info: 2nd ed.
      ISBN: 9780908156863

Works about this Work

Beyond Sorry : Colonial Oppression on Australian Stages Andrew Hansen , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 25 May 2015;
'Theatrical journeys into Australia’s colonial history have often been rather grim affairs. Over the last 30 years or so, some of country’s most eminent playwrights – Louis Nowra, Andrew Bovell, Stephen Sewell, and Katherine Thomson among others – have created works in which the physical and psychological frontiers of settlement resemble grisly warzones of colonial oppression. So where are we now, in terms of our non-Indigenous drama?'
Spirited Performance Phil Brown , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 4 - 10 March no. 724 2009; (p. 12-13)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Haunted Visions Trent Dalton , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 February 2009; (p. 10-11)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Playing with Fire Amanda Dardanis , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 22 February 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Warped Soul in a Harsh Land Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 February 2009; (p. 10)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Warped Soul in a Harsh Land Rosemary Sorensen , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 February 2009; (p. 10)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Playing with Fire Amanda Dardanis , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Mail , 22 February 2009; (p. 14)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Haunted Visions Trent Dalton , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 21 - 22 February 2009; (p. 10-11)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Spirited Performance Phil Brown , 2009 single work review
— Appears in: Brisbane News , 4 - 10 March no. 724 2009; (p. 12-13)

— Review of White Earth Andrew McGahan , Shaun Charles , 2009 single work drama
Beyond Sorry : Colonial Oppression on Australian Stages Andrew Hansen , 2015 single work column
— Appears in: The Conversation , 25 May 2015;
'Theatrical journeys into Australia’s colonial history have often been rather grim affairs. Over the last 30 years or so, some of country’s most eminent playwrights – Louis Nowra, Andrew Bovell, Stephen Sewell, and Katherine Thomson among others – have created works in which the physical and psychological frontiers of settlement resemble grisly warzones of colonial oppression. So where are we now, in terms of our non-Indigenous drama?'
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