The Sydney Journalists Club began in 1956. The prize for the best two new plays written by Australians or persons living in Australia was £300, consisting of £250 for first prize and £50 for second prize.
( The Central Queensland Herald, 16 February 1956 p27)
The Shifting Heart is set in the Melbourne suburb of Collingwood on Christmas eve, 1956. It explores the tensions between three sets of neighbours: the Bianchis, the Pratts, and the Fowlers, who represent different aspects of Australian culture of the time. Racism and the changes brought by immigration are the central themes of the play.