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The Gipsy Dancer : A Play single work   drama  
  • Author:agent Dorothy Hewett
Issue Details: First known date: 1934... 1934 The Gipsy Dancer : A Play
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  • Editor's note: Original title is 'The Gipsy Dancer'. A scrap of paper accompanying the first page has the typed words: 'From Dorothy Hewett./Yealering'; and '11 years' in handwriting. (p. 1)
  • The Gipsy Dancer was written when Dorothy Hewett was age eleven. It is unclear when the script was typed but it was performed by Dorothy, her sister and playmates on the wheat and sheep farm at Malyalling near Wikepin in Western Australia. Hewett's poem 'Gipsy Dreams' has been added as a prologue to the play. (pp. lii-liii)

Production Details

  • First performed at the Io Meyers Studio on 14 May 2009, by students of English, Media and Performing Arts (EMPA) at the University of Sydney. The production was a part of the launch of The Gipsy Dancer & Early Poems.

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First known date: ca. 1934
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The Gipsy Dancer and Early Poems Dorothy Hewett , Christine Alexander (editor), Sydney : Juvenilia Press , 2009 Z1725973 2009 selected work poetry Dorothy Hewett, renowned Australian playwright and poet, grew up on a huge wheat and sheep farm in Western Australia. Her rural surroundings nurtured a rich imaginative life, recorded in poetry and in her first play The Gipsy Dancer. These previously unpublished works reveal her early dramatic flair and her youthful commitment to the world of words, with a subject matter surprisingly different from much of her later writing. (Publisher's blurb) Sydney : Juvenilia Press , 2009 pg. 2-17
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