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Ham Funeral, The
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Ham Funeral, The

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Patrick White
 
An early expressionist drama written in 1948 which explores the spiritual forces that propel us forward. The play created controversy when it was rejected for the 1962 Adelaide Festival of Arts by a Board who thought it was too 'difficult' for the general public to understand. Its premiere production by the Adelaide University Theatre Guild in November 1961 was acclaimed by critics and audiences and it transferred to Sydney.The production encouraged White to write further plays.

Set in a squalid British boarding house, the play tells the story of a young poet, who lodges with Mr and Mrs Lusty, a bloated, gluttonous pair. When her husband dies abruptly, Mrs Lusty announces a grand funeral featuring a lavish feast, in his honour. Driven by her incontinent appetite, she attempts to seduce the young poet, with comically tragic consequences.

The Ham Funeral is now available in Patrick White Collected Plays Volume I.



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Cast : 6M, 4F
Performance Rights : beemobbs@bigpond.net.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-962-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
White, Patrick: Collected Plays Volume 1
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White, Patrick: Collected Plays Volume 1

The Ham Funeral / The Season at Sarsaparilla / A Cheery Soul / Night on Bald Mountain

Patrick White
 
Four early expressionist dramas, produced between 1961 and 1964, in which Patrick White explores the spiritual forces that propel us forward.

The Ham Funeral
An early expressionist drama written in 1948 which explores the spiritual forces that propel us forward. The play created controversy when it was rejected for the 1962 Adelaide Festival of Arts by a Board who thought it was too 'difficult' for the general public to understand. Its premiere production by the Adelaide University Theatre Guild in November 1961 was acclaimed by critics and audiences and it transferred to Sydney. The production encouraged White to write further plays.

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The Season at Sarsaparilla
Patrick White described his play as 'a charade of suburbia'—a play of shadows, rather than substance. The neighbours of the play are held by their environment, waiting with determination, but little expectation, for the inevitable cycle of birth, copulation and death.


   Also published in   Plays of the 60s Volume 1

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A Cheery Soul
White examines what he called ‘the sin of goodness’ in his relentlessly cheerful character, Miss Docker.

 

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Night on Bald Mountain
Banned in his own lifetime by the author himself,  Night on Bald Mountain  returned to the stage in 1996. This poetic thriller, written in the shadow of the atomic bomb, explores the heart and the intellect in a study of misplaced love and desire. Deliberations on the individual’s place in society are the subject of a motley gathering, comprised of a goat-farming eccentric, a professor and his alcoholic wife, a nurse and a pair of hikers.

   Resources
Cast : The Ham Funeral - 6M, 4F / The Season at Sarsaparilla - 9M, 7F / A Cheery Soul - 10M, 18F / Night on Bald Mountain - 5M, 4F
Performance Rights : Barbara Mobbs beemobbs@bigpond.net.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-124-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
White, Patrick: Collected Plays Volume 2
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White, Patrick: Collected Plays Volume 2

Big Toys / Signal Driver / Netherwood / Shepherd on the Rocks

Patrick White
 
Reprint under consideration. No reprint date scheduled.

After producing four plays in quick succession, Patrick White focused on novels for the next fourteen years. He returned to the theatre after Jim Sharman successfully revived Season of Sarsaparilla in 1976.

Big Toys
The material temptations of society are placed in the path of a trio of wealthy socialites.

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Signal Driver
Meet Theo and Ivy Vokes: from passionate youth to the relaxed companionship of old age, their marriage grows within the Australian suburban sprawl, observed and commented on by two supernatural beings.

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Netherwood
An asylum for misfits in the Southern Highlands of NSW is the setting for ambiguous relationships, a daring escape and a climactic shoot-out.

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Shepherd on the Rocks
The rector of a small town called Budgiwank, Daniel Shepherd, longs to convert the sleazy crowds of Kings Cross.

   Resources
Cast : Big Toys - 2M, 1F / Signal Driver - 2M, 2F / Netherwood - 6M, 6F / Shepherd on the Rocks - 8M, 6F
Performance Rights : Barbara Mobbs beemobbs@bigpond.net.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-305-2 | PB