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The Ghosts Trilogy  

Too Young For Ghosts / No Going Back / My Father’s Father

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Written over a period of ten years from 1985, The Ghosts Trilogy follows the lives of a group of young Latvians who emigrate to North Queensland in 1948. The chronicle of their struggles over forty-five years is paralleled by the narrative detailing the unsuccessful journeys made by German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt in Queensland in the years 1845-46.

Too Young For Ghosts 
The first major Australian play to deal with post-war immigration,  Too Young For Ghosts draws a parallel between the story of the explorer Ludwig Leichhardt and the arrival of a group of displaced persons from war-ravaged Europe. The first play in  The Ghosts Trilogy.

No Going Back 
The second play continues the intrigues of the group of young Latvians who emigrated to North Queensland in 1948.


My Father’s Father
The final play explores the relationships and experiences, over forty-five years, of the group of young Latvians who emigrated to North Queensland in 1948.

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Cast : Too Young For Ghosts - 6M, 3F / No Going Back - 6M, 4F / My Father’s Father - 6M, 4F

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-504-9 | Sales: worldwide | PB


JANIS BALODIS was born in Australia of Latvian parents who settled in North Queensland after the Second World War. He majored in drama at Townsville Teachers' College, and worked as a primary school teacher until 1972. After a varied acting and directing career based in Brisbane and later in London where he was a director and tutor at E15 Acting School, his first play, Backyard, was workshopped at the Australian National Playwrights' Conference and produced by Nimrod Theatre in 1980. Other plays include Happily Never After, Beginning of the End, Summerland, Heart for the Future, and Double Take.

Currency has published Wet and Dry and, in 2006, Perfect Skin his adaptation of Nick Earl's novel as well the The Ghosts Trilogy , premiered by the Melbourne Theatre Company, which comprises Too Young for Ghosts, No Going Back and My Father's Father and draws on his Latvian heritage.

Balodis has also written for television and radio. He was an Associate Director of Melbourne Theatre Company (1988–93), and Dramaturg-in-Residence and Artistic Associate at Queensland Theatre Company (1995–6).

He currently lives on the North Coast of NSW.

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