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Ned Manning is an actor, writer, teacher and producer whose credits as a writer include Close to the Bone, Luck of the Draw, Milo, Us or Them, Kenny's Coming Home and The Bridge is Down. As an actor he has worked extensively in television, film and theatre. His acting credits include The Shiralee, Bodyline and Brides of Christ. His directing credits include Black Cockatoos, which he also co-produced.

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Ned Manning/Martin Buzacott


Milo and Di live on a hobby farm—he is a pipe-dreaming visionary and she cuts the mustard in a high-powered job in Foreign Affairs. A visit from an old mate and drought-battered farmer, Toby, and his long suffering wife Peg, precipitates a thunderstorm of pent-up fury.

New ideas are exposed as useless without the old bush tenacity and vice versa. With outrageous humour and an unfailing sense of self-depreciation Manning tackles the big issues facing modern Australia. 



The carnival comes to town, and with it the usual assortment of drifters and oddballs. The host of the rodeo championship finals at his horse stud outside Kingaroy is Rhett Perkins: Aboriginal, Vietnam veteran and former country and western singer. Upon this stage, the heavens conspire to draw together a group of individuals who, although strangers to one another, are interconnected by a distant and extraordinary past.

A fast-paced, lighthearted drama of identity, centring on a rodeo. Religion, Aboriginal mythology and a mechanical bull all play a role in unravelling the complex relationships of the play’s characters.


Cast : Kingaroy - 3M, 4F / Milo - 2M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-458-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB