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Brumby Innes / Bid Me to Love
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Brumby Innes / Bid Me to Love

Katharine Susannah Prichard

'I consider Brumby Innes to be in a class by itself' wrote theatre director Gregan McMahon in 1927, 'It is a very remarkable work, comparable to some of the best of Eugene O'Neill's, and it is, moreover, essentially Australian.'

Written in the 1920s, Brumby Innes confronts the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. It is published with another Prichard play from the 1920s, Bid Me To Love which, by contrast, is set among the fashionable rich in the lush hills outside Perth.

The two plays are compelling for their dramatic styles and for their insight into the novels which followed: Coonardoo and Intimate Strangers. And both had to wait more than forty years for their first production.

Cast : 9M, 6F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-086-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Mr Takahashi and other falling secrets
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Mr Takahashi and other falling secrets

Sandra Thibodeaux

Darwin, 1942. A town collapses under the threat of invasion. Mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, and entire cultures are torn apart by the secrets that start to fall. Is Mr Takahashi to blame?

Japan unleashes a wave of attacks on Northern Australia, and Darwin is hit with more bombs than Pearl Harbour. Mr Takahashi turns the lens upon ordinary people caught in the storm that was World War II. It tells the stories of Darwin’s multicultural and Indigenous women whose lives were forever changed by the bombings of February 19.

Something’s wrong – the air is shifting.

It’s waiting …

Waiting for the tardy storms.

You could cut the humidity

with the sword of a Samurai.

Where is the Imperial Army?

Closer …


Cast : 11F + chorus
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-008-0 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Time is Not Yet Ripe, The
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Time is Not Yet Ripe, The

Louis Esson
A new edition of this high-life political comedy from 1912 in which the forces of socialism, feminism and conservatism fight out an election and an engagement to marry – published to coincide with the production at La Mama Theatre.


  • "Esson's classic shows the influence of his contemporaries Shaw, Wilde and Pinero, but places the social comedy squarely in the milieu of early Australian Federal politics." ABC Classics 

Cast : 5F, 13M
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-845-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Touch of Silk, The
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Touch of Silk, The

(1928 Version)

Betty Roland

‘At last Australian drama has been born’, exclaimed a critic at the premiere of The Touch of Silk in 1928.

A poignant drama centred on Jeanne, a homesick French war bride and her shell-shocked husband battling hardship and prejudice in a drought-stricken Mallee town. Roland later revised the play, but the original version, which captures the period flavour of rural life in the 1920s, is published here.

The revision, a more naturalistic version, which dates from 1955 is published together with another Roland play from the 1950s, Granite Peak.


Cast : 7M, 5F
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-154-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB