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Currency Press - 1950s

Doll Trilogy, The (New Edition)
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Doll Trilogy, The (New Edition)

Kid Stakes / Other Times / Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawler
 
First staged in 1955, no play has been more important to the history of Australian theatre than Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. Twenty years later, Lawler returned to his lovable Carlton household and created two more plays: Kid Stakes and Other Times

Kid Stakes
 A joyful portrait of the summer of the first doll, in which a chance encounter brings Olive and Emma, Roo and Barney, into the shabby Carlton terrace to begin a seventeen year journey of seasonal love and argument. Kid Stakes introduces the fun-loving Nancy, who has left the scene by the seventeenth summer, adding a new poignancy to the story.

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Other Times
The middle play of Ray Lawler's Doll Trilogy. Set during the Second World War, in late winter, when Barney and Roo are on leave from the army. Other Times is the fulcrum of the three plays in which the characters stop being kids and become adults. Middle age is looming and life is no longer just a game. Things are changed forever by Nancy's decision, setting the stage for Summer of the Seventeenth Doll.

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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
 Ray Lawler's revised script (2012) of his (and Australia's) most famous play, in which two larrikin canecutters and their women awaken to middle-age. The impact of The Doll cannot be over-stated. Its success both here and abroad was quickly recognised as a defining moment in Australian theatre history.


  Available as a an iPad App, with loads of extra interactive resources!

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Cast : Kid Stakes - 3M, 4F / Other Times - 3M, 4F / Summer of the Seventeenth Doll - 3M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-552-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Plays of the 50s Volume 1
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Plays of the 50s Volume 1

Currency Modern Drama

Katharine Brisbane (ed)
 

Sky Without Birds by Oriel Gray
A 3-act drama from 1950 dealing with isolation and prejudice against postwar immigrants set on a Nullarbor Plain railway siding. Written the year Gray left the Communist party, Sky Without Birdsis the first play she wrote rebutting party beliefs and giving primacy to individual morality. Nevertheless, Gray retained her concern for the underprivileged.


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Shipwreck by Douglas Stewart
Stewart, best known as a poet, was also a masterful verse dramatist. Shipwreck, written in 1951, recreates the infamous mutiny that occurred after the Dutch ship Batavia foundered off the northwest Australian coast in 1629. It is a complex and literary play which depicts with sympathy the anarchic mutineers Cornelius, Huyssen and Seevanck.
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The Night of the Ding-Dong by Ralph Peterson
The second play from Ralph Peterson, dating from 1954, is a comedy set in Adelaide at the time of the Crimean War, a time when the locals feared a Russian invasion.
The Day Before Tomorrow by Ric Throssell
An anti-nuclear-war play from 1956 about a family of survivors following a nuclear war. Produced in Australia and also at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival by the London Playgoers' Company.


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  • Erects a small cairn to the indestructibility of the human spirit. -   Scotsman

Cast : Sky Without Birds - 7M, 2F / Shipwreck - 10M, 5F / The Night of the Ding-Dong - 5M, 4F / The Day Before Tomorrow - 8M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-627-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Plays of the 50s: Volume 2
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Plays of the 50s: Volume 2

Currency Modern Drama

Katharine Brisbane (ed)
 

The exhilaration caused by the success in 1955 of Ray Lawler’s  Summer of the Seventeenth Doll galvanised a host of new Australian playwrights. This collection features a few of the best examples which sprang up after its' success. 

Together these plays mark a journey towards a recognisably Australian rhythmic form and a more poetic, visceral drama characteristic of the theatre that was to come later in the century.

The Multi-Coloured Umbrella, by Barbara Vernon (1957)
The play was significant in the origins of Australian realist drama and was runner-up to Richard Beynon’s  The Shifting Heart in a play competition held by the Journalists’ Club in Sydney in 1956. It premiered in 1957 and was broadcast by ABC TV in January 1958.

The Slaughter of St Teresa’s Day , by Peter Kenna (1959)
This comedy-drama from 1959 introduces the first of Kenna's Irish-Australian matriarchs, Oola Maguire.
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Image in the Clay, by David Ireland (1960)
David Ireland blends realism and poetry in a stark portrait of a rural Aboriginal family. The play was first produced in Sydney in 1960.

The Life of the Party, by Ray Mathew (1960)
This play draws a desperate portrait of post-war urban sophisticates trapped in the shadow of the Cold War.  The Life of the Party was a finalist in the 1957 London Observer competition and had a short season in London.

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Cast : The Multi-Coloured Umbrella - 3M, 3F / The Slaughter of St Theresa's Day - 4M, 6F / Image in the Clay - 10M, 2F / Life of the Party - 3M, 6F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-695-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll
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Summer of the Seventeenth Doll

Ray Lawler
 

Take a look at our Summer of the Seventeenth Doll iPad app

Ray Lawler's revised script (2012) of his (and Australia's) most famous play, in which two larrikin canecutters and their women awaken to middle-age. The impact of The Doll cannot be overstated. Its success both here and abroad was quickly recognised as a defining moment in Australian theatre history.

The play is also published in The Doll Trilogy


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Cast : 3M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-967-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
The Torrents
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The Torrents

Oriel Gray
 

'A printing office of a newspaper is no place for a member of the female sex.'

1890s, regional Australia.

Koolgalla is a gold town, but the gold rush is beginning to wane. In the office of the Koolgalla Argus, the editors must decide between protecting old interests and investing in the farmland of the future. The new editorial assistant, J. G. Milford, arrives—but it turns out the ‘J’ stands for Jenny.

The Torrents is a forgotten classic. In 1955 it was the co-winner, with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll, of the Playwrights’ Advisory Board’s award for Best Play. Yet while Lawler’s play is considered a defining feature of Australian theatre, The Torrents is underappreciated and was perhaps ahead of its time. Currency Press is proud to re-publish this crucial work, whose themes of media chauvinism, environmental destruction and corrupt powers are chillingly relevant today.

Features a new introduction by Anne-Louise Sarks (available to read).

              

Cast : 2F, 11M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-595-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB