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Touch of Silk, The  

(1928 Version)

Touch of Silk, The $20.90 ex GST
$22.99 inc GST

‘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
Performance Rights :

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-154-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


Betty Roland was a highly passionate and ambitious playwright. She aspired to be a quintessentially Australian counterpart to Eugene O'Neill. Despite enthusiastic responses to her best-known play The Touch of Silk, she failed to make a living out of playwriting and turned her hand to journalism and scriptwriting for radio stations. Theatre critic Philip Parsons described The Touch of Silk and Feet of Clay as plays about 'disruptive femininity in an ordered man's world [where femininity is often a construct]'. Roland died in Sydney in 1996.