Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Removalists” as Want to Read:
The Removalists
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Removalists

3.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  120 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A young policeman's first day on duty becomes a violent initiation into the nastier aspects of law enforcement (2 acts, 4 men, 2 women).
Paperback, 128 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Currency Press (first published 1972)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Removalists, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Removalists

A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee WilliamsThe Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar WildeAngels in America, Part One by Tony KushnerHamlet by William ShakespeareThe School for Scandal and Other Plays by Richard Brinsley Sheridan
Favorite Plays!
34th out of 37 books — 5 voters
Les Misérables by Victor HugoHamlet by William ShakespeareA Midsummer Night's Dream by William ShakespeareThe Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar WildeThe Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux
The Best Plays or Musicals
200th out of 291 books — 129 voters


More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 193)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Trevor
Dec 08, 2007 Trevor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature
Williamson is probably still our national playwright here in Australia. I'm probably showing my State allegiances as much as anything else in saying he hasn't written a play that matches anything he wrote over twenty years ago. But he did move to Sydney at that time, and what can one expect? In the immortal words of Barry Humphries - I'm not just an Australian, I'm a Victorian.

This play is like no other by Williamson before or since. I think it is easily his best play, and that is really saying
...more
Ben Thurley
Dec 15, 2012 Ben Thurley rated it it was ok
It's probably un-Australian, but I'm going to admit to not being a huge fan of The Removalists. The overt and covert violence in domestic and social relationships and in the very specific relationships between police and civilian is presented pretty starkly, there is exploration of issues of masculinity, dominance and control, but to my mind the power of these observations is undermined by a large element of psychological implausibility in the play, and the evacuation of any possible moral groun ...more
Jalen Lyle-Holmes
I liked the genuine dramatic tension. especially from the end of the first act onwards, and the focused activeness of the play. Also that is was very Australian without being *about* being Australian. On the other hand the dialogue is pretty quotidian, though definitely adequate, and I'm not sure about the pop-psychology-ish aspects of the way the violence is treated, i.e. all the 'snapping'. It's interesting to see how David Williamson started out, with something genuinely interesting and alive ...more
Lauren Jankovskis
I've seen this play performed as a 20 minute piece, edited down from the original script and I found it to be more enjoyable than to read the play in its entirety.
There's such an inexplainable shift in The Sergeant's character and ideas towards women between Act One and Act Two that I was left a bit confused.
I also found that the second act dragged on and scandals were addressed for the sake of lengthening the plot.
Overall, Act One is great. Leave halfway through Act Two.
Kuro
Jun 20, 2012 Kuro rated it liked it
=|

Well, it was quite some insight into Australian police in the 70s but aside from that, power and authority? I have a feeling I'm not going to do well studying this.

As for the play itself, not bad, had some great insults in it, but aside from that I don't find it particularly interesting.
Lanxal
Jun 25, 2012 Lanxal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Powerful play but damn, there were waaaay too many asshole characters.
Sky
Nov 25, 2013 Sky rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars
Tamara Drazic
Tamara Drazic rated it liked it
Jan 25, 2016
Stephanie Derry
Stephanie Derry rated it it was ok
Jan 24, 2016
Nunz
Nunz rated it liked it
Jan 03, 2016
Apurva Shukla
Apurva Shukla rated it liked it
Dec 31, 2015
Ilona
Ilona rated it liked it
Dec 30, 2015
Regina Tang
Regina Tang rated it really liked it
Dec 30, 2015
Emily Rose
Emily Rose rated it liked it
Dec 28, 2015
Udita
Udita added it
Dec 20, 2015
Caroline Stewart
Caroline Stewart marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2015
Snippers
Snippers rated it it was amazing
Nov 13, 2015
Kate Cameron
Kate Cameron rated it liked it
Nov 06, 2015
Cameron Evans
Cameron Evans marked it as to-read
Oct 25, 2015
Dani Gatt
Dani Gatt rated it liked it
Oct 20, 2015
Kate Gray mallia
Kate Gray mallia rated it really liked it
Oct 17, 2015
Charlotte
Charlotte rated it it was ok
Oct 17, 2015
Will_Crimble
Will_Crimble marked it as to-read
Oct 06, 2015
Elisha Ireland
Elisha Ireland rated it it was amazing
Sep 20, 2015
Emma
Emma rated it liked it
Sep 04, 2015
Eloise Newman
Eloise Newman rated it it was ok
Aug 28, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
David Williamson AO gained a Bachelor of Engineering at Monash University in 1965 before briefly working as a design engineer at General Motors Holden and in 1966 he began lecturing in thermodynamics and social psychology at Swinburne Technical College.

Mr Williamson began writing and performing plays in 1968 with La Mama Theatre Company.

The Removalists and Don's Party established him as Australia'
...more
More about David Williamson...

Share This Book