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John Romeril has been a prolific writer whose early plays include the major works I Don’t Know Who To Feel Sorry For, Chicago, Chicago and The Floating World. Other plays are Mrs Thally F, Carboni, The Kelly Dance, Lost Weekend, Black Cargo, Bring Down the House, Doing the Block and Red Sun Red Earth. He has studied under Australia Council grants in Europe, Canada and the United States. In 1993–96 he was recipient of an Australian Artists’ Creative Fellowship. More recent works published by Currency are Love Suicides and Miss Tanaka. He has acted as Playwright-in-Residence for many theatre companies and tertiary institutions and served as Chair of the Australian National Playwrights’ Centre. In 2003 he received the inaugural ANPC Award which honours Australian playwrights who have made a significant contribution to national theatre and culture.

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Damage
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Damage

Jonah / Top End / Lost Weekend / The Floating World

John Romeril
 
This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: 

Jonah
A Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name.


Top End
A political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.

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Lost Weekend
Takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'.

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The three title above are published together with Romeril's best-known play -

The Floating World
The story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan.

Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.

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Cast : Various
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-876-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Floating World, The
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Floating World, The

OUT OF PRINT

John Romeril
 
Les Harding, onetime Japanese prisoner-of-war, takes a package cruise to Japan with his wife. As he draws near, long-repressed memories of suffering well up. A rich, ironic study of Australian xenophobia.

This edition of The Floating World is OUT OF PRINT. The play is available in Damage.

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Cast : 6M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-064-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Love Suicides
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Love Suicides

John Romeril
 
Love Suicides is John Romeril’s homage to the eighteenth century Japanese master playwright, Chikamatsu Monzaemon. In a daring blend of cultures the play plots the destiny of two lovers—one from Osaka, the other from Perth. 

The result is an epic story of our times: audacious in its conception, breathtaking in its vision, passionate in its realisation. It is an important play from a highly original and provocative playwright.

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Cast : 3M, 2F, puppeteers, musicians
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-515-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Miss Tanaka
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Miss Tanaka

John Romeril
 
Miss Tanaka is the beautiful and enigmatic niece of Broome’s former Number One pearl diver. Newly arrived from Japan, she captures the hearts of the town's menfolk, but is promised in marriage to two brawling pearl divers, but who will uncover this mysterious young woman's true identity?

Based on a story by Xavier Herbert, Romeril's play is a magical portrayal of the 1930s Broome, weaving an astonishing blend of folk tale, magic and spectacle as it races to it's wild conclusion.

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Cast : Cast: 5M, 2F, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-639-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB