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First known date: 1971 Issue Details: First known date: 1971... 1971 Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade
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Musical play.

While Stockade follows the main historical events which occurred around the time of the Eureka Stockade rebellion Cook sided with tradition by portraying its leader, Peter Lalor, as a romantic rebel battling against the cold-blooded Captain Thomas. He also included a fictional story about a young couple and the tragic impact the rebellion had on their lives.

The musical, which uses a folk musical format (with new lyrics added to traditional songs) and episodic representation, explores somewhat didactically the theme of violent confrontation and murder, asking the question 'why does it have to be resorted to?'

Adaptations

form y separately published work icon Stockade Kenneth Cook , ( dir. Ross McGregor ) Sydney : Spectrum Films , 1971 Z1355803 1971 single work film/TV

Using a folk musical format, with new lyrics added to traditional songs, this version of the Eureka Rebellion portrays leader Peter Lalor as a romantic rebel battling against the cold-blooded Captain Thomas. The narrative explores the issues of violent confrontation and murder, asking, 'Why do we have to resort to them?'

Presented episodically, the screenplay follows the main historical narrative, interspersing it with a fictional story about a young couple and the tragic impact of the rebellion on their lives.

The music for both the play and film was taken from traditional sources. New lyrics were written by Kenneth and Patricia Cook.

Notes

  • Commissioned by the University of New South Wales Drama Foundation, Stockade was originally slated for a Jane Street Theatre production, but this fell through and it was eventually presented at the Independent Theatre in North Sydney.

  • Upon the conclusion of the Sydney season most of the cast took part in the movie version, which was filmed at the Australiana Village at Wilberforce, west of Sydney.

Production Details

  • 1971 : Independent Theatre, North Sydney ; 13 March - ca. May. Dir. Ross McGregor ; Music Dir. Michael Caulfield. - Cast: Rod Mullinor (Peter Lalor), Michelle Fawdon (Liz Green), Graham Corry (George Black), Sue Hollywood (Ma Bentley), Max Cullen (Rafaelio Carboni), Charles Thorne (Capt. Thomas), Michael Rolfe (Captain Wise), Norman Willison (Johnny Green), George Clay (Edward Thoren).

    1974 : Adelaide Festival (no details)

    1974 : Theatre 3, Canberra ; 25-29 June. Dir. Ross McGregor ; Prod. Canberra Repertory Society, Canberra Theatre Trust ; Ast Dir. Ian MacDougall ; Design Russell Brown ; Lighting Len Fisher ; Cost. Audrey Cook; Prod Mngr. Liz Fergusson ; Stage Dir. Thelma White; Stage Mngr. Michael Crawford. - Cast incl. Keith Richards (Peter Lalor), Patsy Hemingway, Audra Biggs, Hec MacMillan, Bettina Smeaton, Jon Stephens.

    • Also produced with the assistance of CTV-TV and 2CA.

  • This entry has been sourced from on-going historical research into Australian-written music theatre being conducted by Dr Clay Djubal.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      ca. 1970 .
      Extent: 80 leavesp.
      Description: Typescript
      Note/s:
      • Two acts, individually paged. No music.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: HO317
Notes:
Bound with: Thomas Keneally's Hallorans's Little Boat (q.v.).
    • Harmondsworth, Middlesex,
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      England,
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      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Ringwood, Ringwood - Croydon - Kilsyth area, Melbourne - East, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin ,
      1975 .
      Extent: 106p.
      Note/s:
      • Libretto; includes some music scores.
      • Book 2 of the Penguin Australian Drama Series.
      ISBN: 0140700447

Works about this Work

y separately published work icon The Cost of Jazz Garters : A History of Canberra Repertory Society, 1932 to 1982 Anne Edgeworth , Acton : Canberra Repertory Society , 1992 Z1360450 1992 single work biography

One of Australia's longest-lasting dramatic societies in Australia, the Canberra Repertory Society (CRS) was founded in 1932 as a breakaway group from the Arts and Literature Society. The split followed a disagreement over the cost of jazz garters.

Although focusing on the years 1932 to 1982, Anne Edgeworth's biography was published to celebrate the Society's fiftieth year of activity.

y separately published work icon Australian Drama in the 1970s : a historical and critical survey Leslie Rees , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1978 Z498201 1978 single work criticism
'Stockade' Author a Modest Playwright 1974 single work interview
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 June 1974; (p. 10)
Carboard 'Stockade' Roger Pulvers , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: Australian , 27 June 1974; (p. 8)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
Eureka for the Production Paul Douglas Barron , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 1974; (p. 3)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
Eureka for the Production Paul Douglas Barron , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 26 June 1974; (p. 3)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
Carboard 'Stockade' Roger Pulvers , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: Australian , 27 June 1974; (p. 8)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
A Brechtian Look at Eureka H. G. Kippax , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 April 1971; (p. 18)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
Stuntmen Charge Eureka Katharine Brisbane , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 April 1971; (p. 21)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
What Went Wrong with Eureka? Gregory Curran , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Australian , 11 April 1971; (p. 16)

— Review of Stockade : A Musical Play of the Eureka Stockade Kenneth Cook , 1971 single work musical theatre
'Stockade' Author a Modest Playwright 1974 single work interview
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 27 June 1974; (p. 10)
In Huddersfield Keith Thomas , 1970 single work column
— Appears in: Nation , 8 August 1970; (p. 29)
y separately published work icon The Cost of Jazz Garters : A History of Canberra Repertory Society, 1932 to 1982 Anne Edgeworth , Acton : Canberra Repertory Society , 1992 Z1360450 1992 single work biography

One of Australia's longest-lasting dramatic societies in Australia, the Canberra Repertory Society (CRS) was founded in 1932 as a breakaway group from the Arts and Literature Society. The split followed a disagreement over the cost of jazz garters.

Although focusing on the years 1932 to 1982, Anne Edgeworth's biography was published to celebrate the Society's fiftieth year of activity.

The Rise and Fall of Eureka Stockade Noni Rowland , 1971 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 March vol. 93 no. 4748 1971; (p. 43-44)
y separately published work icon Australian Drama in the 1970s : a historical and critical survey Leslie Rees , Sydney : Angus and Robertson , 1978 Z498201 1978 single work criticism
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