1990

Lucinda

by Mary Smith

Directed by Peg Gloor

November 1990

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Rattle of a Simple Man

by Charles Dyer

September 1990

Percy and his mates have come to London from Manchester in order to attend the Cup Final. Under the influence of too much beer and to win a bet, Percy has gone home with a lady of the night… but then a peculiar friendship develops between the shy middle-aged man and the worldly-wise lady as they are forced to confront their insecurities and discover that they may not be so different after all.

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The Neighbours

by Yves Cabol

Directed by David Llewellyn

The Man in the Bowler Hat

by A A Miln

Directed by Des Mayblom

The Browning Version

by Terence Rattigan

Directed by Audrey Hoving

July 1990

The Man in The Bowler Hat

A terribly exciting little affair happens in the humdrum life of John and Mary, a tempest in a teapot, but while it lasts–well, it’s high comedy, at least for the audience!

The Browning Version

Terence Rattigan’s The Browning Version is a one-act play about an unpopular schoolmaster who, faced with the collapse of his career and marriage, snatches a last shred of dignity when he receives an unexpected gift from a pupil. It was premiered in a double-bill with the one-act farce Harlequinade under the joint title Playbill at the Phoenix Theatre, London, on 8 September 1948.

The play is set in the sitting-room of Arthur Crocker-Harris, a classics teacher at a boys’ public school in the South of England, just as he is about to retire because of ill health. He is an unpopular teacher known for his strict discipline and stern lack of humour, and his younger wife Millie, embittered by his lack of passion and ambition, is having an affair with another teacher, Frank Hunter. But when John Taplow, a hitherto unremarkable pupil, makes Crocker-Harris a gift of a second-hand copy of Robert Browning’s translation of Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the unexpected gesture sets in motion a series of actions that force him to reflect on his past and confront his future.

Neighbours

The Man in the Bowler Hat

The Browning Version

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The One Day of the Year

by Alan Seymour

Produced and Directed by Joanne Llewellyn

April 1990

Undoubtedly one of Australia’s favourite plays, The One Day of the Year explores the universal theme of father–son conflict against the background of the beery haze and the heady, nostalgic sentimentality of Anzac Day.

It is a play to make us question a standard institution – Anzac Day, the sacred cow among Australian annual celebrations – but it is the likeability and genuineness of the characters that give the play its memorable qualities: Alf, the nobody who becomes a somebody on this day of days; Mum, the anchor of the family; Hughie, their son, with all the uncertainties and rebelliousness of youth; and Wacka, the Anzac, with his simple, healing wisdom.

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