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Michael Gow’s first full-length play in a decade is a dazzling tour-de-force of theatrical invention.
Roland Henning has writer’s block. When he tries to explain the situation to a therapist, his story begins to tumble back and forth between his childhood in The Shire and his work as a playwright. At the root of it all is that extraordinary day in primary school which shattered his boyhood and plunged him headlong into the dizzy circus of life and art.
His story is funny, fiercely eloquent and shockingly honest. Toy Symphony is a wrestle between the vicious bastardry of being an artist and the sheer exhilaration of the creative act.
- Rich and exhilarating. - Bryce Hallett,
Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-828-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Michael Gow has extensive writing credits for stage, screen and radio. His best known play is the multi-award winning
Away, a modern classic of Australian Theatre and one of the most performed Australian plays. Others include
On Top of the World,
The Fortunes of Richard Mahony award-winners
Sweet Phoebe, and
Live Acts on Stage.
For television he has written the mini-series
Eden’s Lost, directed by Neil Armfield, and
Art’n’Life. He also adapted his play
Europe for radio and wrote
The Astronaut’s Wife for ABC Radio.
His awards include two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards (for
Sweet Phoebe); two Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards (
Furious); the Australian Writer’s Guild Major Award for Writing and for Best Play (
Away), a Green Room Award (
Away) an AFI Award for best Mini-Series (
Eden’s Lost). He is also a noted director, and was Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company for many years.
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