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Issue Details: First known date: 2010... 2010 Damage : A Collection of Plays
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'This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: Jonah, a Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name; Top End, a political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, and Lost Weekend which takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'. They are published together with Romeril's best-known play, The Floating World, the story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan.

'Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.' (From the publisher's website.)


  • Book launched at Griffin Theatre Company, Kings Cross on 18 August 2010.


* Contents derived from the Sydney, New South Wales,:Currency Press , 2010 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Jonah, John Romeril , Alan John (composer), 1987 single work musical theatre Jonah Jones
Top End, John Romeril , 1979 single work drama
Lost Weekend, John Romeril , 1989 single work drama
The Floating World, John Romeril , 1974 single work drama

Les Harding, onetime Japanese prisoner-of-war, takes a package cruise to Japan with his wife. As he draws near, long-repressed memories of suffering well up. A rich, ironic study of Australian xenophobia..

Source: Currency Press


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