On the Wallaby

ISBN: 9781921428531
Author: Nick Enright
Publication Date: 1/07/2009
Edition: Standard
Publisher: Currency Press
Availability: Out of Print

Nick Enright’s ebullient musical play, inspired by the stories of homeless men ‘on the wallaby’ who roamed Australian roads during the Great Depression, traces the misfortunes of the O’Brien family, waterside workers in Port Adelaide.

The effect upon the family and the nation of eight years of unemployment, birth, separation, strikes and subsistence, are seen in the light of the political strategies of the time.

Intermingled with this story in song and dance is the death of the old music hall theatre and the rise of the age of mass communication.

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