During World War II, an American Marine, Rebel, is recuperating in Australia from wounds suffered in battle. He is weary of war and intent on going absent without leave. After meeting local singer Kathy, he becomes infatuated and pursues her. But Kathy is married and initially uninterested in Rebel. This begins to changes, however, when he hides out at her place, and intensifies when she receives a letter advising her that her husband has been killed in battle. Meanwhile, the local police and the U.S. military are searching for Rebel. He arranges to escape Australia by cargo ship, but eventually allows himself to be arrested in order to save Kathy from being arrested for harbouring him.
Adapted by Robert Herbert for radio in 1982, and adapted by Herbert and Michael Jenkins for the 1985 film Rebel. Film directed by Michael Jenkins.
First produced by the New England Travelling Playhouse at the Arts Theatre, University of New England, Armidale, NSW, 12 May 1979.
Revised version produced by the Sydney Theatre Co., Opera House Drama Theatre, Sydney, 15 April 1980.
Produced by the NIDA Company, at the Parade Theatre, Kensington, 16 August to 3 September 2006. Season directed by Tony Knight.