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From teenage rebel to elder stateswoman, Dorothy Hewett's life as a poet and dramatist has followed the steps of Sally Banner, her iconic heroine in
The Chapel Perilous
doing battle on behalf of the forces of life. In turn she has shocked, outraged and seduced her public.
The Chapel Perilous
The painful and sometimes farcical life of a defiant young poet, Sally Banner, as she attempts—through her school days, lovers, marriage and politics—to extract meaning from her environment. Music by Frank Arndt.
This Old Man Comes Rolling Home
A play centred on family life in working-class Redfern in the 1950s which captures the colour, spirit and political character of the inner-city suburb. Hewett who lived in Redfern during the Cold War, wrote that her aim was 'to write of a self-contained world ... with its own language, its own folklore, its own values, its own ethos, to write of it with both realism and poetry'.
Also published -
Mrs Porter and the Angel
An exploration of the frustrations of domesticity and marriage in the lives of academic women.
The Tatty Hallow Story
No two versions of Tatty are alike in this conjuring of fantasies about an enigmatic, ageless blonde. A black comedy about ageing, faded beauty and accepting eccentricity.
No one writes plays—and certainly not in Australia—of such rich complexity and poetic force. -
Cast : The Chapel Perilous - 3M, 2F / This Old Man Comes Rolling Home - 9M, 9F (doubling possible) / Mrs Porter and the Angel - 7M, 6F / The Tatty Hallow Story - 6M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-166-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
DOROTHY HEWETT achieved distinction as a playwright, poet and novelist. Her stage works include
The Chapel Perilous, Mrs Porter and the Angels, Bon-Bons and Roses for Dolly, The Golden Oldies, Pandora's Cross, The Man from Mukinupin, Golden Valley, The Fields of Heaven and
The plays range in style but all exploit the imaginative possibilities of language, music and theatrical effects. Many of her early plays in particular shocked audiences with their explicit female sexuality, and she retained a maverick image and an ability to polarise audiences and critics through her life. Hewett also published eleven volumes of poetry, with three novels, a collection of short stories and an autobiography.
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