A collection of stories emanating from the experience of growing up, living and working in Australia’s third metropolis. ‘Denying the Faith’ and ‘This Clown’ record the fearful impressions of a childhood spent in Irish Catholic suburbia, reflected upon later in life when the fear has subsided but the guilt remains. ‘Going to Kanga’s’ and ‘Suburban Odyssey’ recall the experiences of a taxi driver both fascinated and annoyed by the alcohol-fuelled passengers who helped him make a living in a job that was only meant to be temporary while his real career was being identified. And ‘Throwing Up in Toowoomba’ takes a brief exit from Brisbane, but only for a fraught weekend, to detail the inner turmoil of a young and insecure man learning the brutal lessons of the heart in a period not so long ago.
Since the early 1970s Errol O’Neill has worked as an actor, writer, director, dramaturg and producer, specialising in the creation of new work for the Australian theatre. He has published many short stories, written chapters and articles for books and journals on aspects of theatre and society, and guest-lectured in tertiary drama courses. He wrote half a dozen political satires for the Popular Theatre Troupe and has written many plays on aspects of Queensland and Australian history, which have been produced by La Boite, Queensland Theatre Company and other theatres in Brisbane and interstate.
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