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Brumby Innesand Bid Me to Love
Two plays of 1927. Brumby Innes deals with the turbulent relations between the sexes and the races in NW Australia (3 acts, 9 men, 6 women), and Bid Me to Love with 'advanced' ideas on marriage (3 acts, 4 men, 4 women, children).
Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 1st 1974 by Currency Press Pty Ltd
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I was unable to put this play down once I'd begun. Admittedly, it's depressing and leaves unpleasant images, but its representation of the non-indigenous, '20s north-western stockmen acknowledges at least some of the shocking mistreatment of the local peoples. While the play isn't without issues, it's an interesting and thought-provoking read.
Considering how incredibly good this is, it's surprising to see this isn't more well read (there are only two 'reviews' below.) A bit of a historical curio, this play was written at some time in the 1920's by one of the founding members of the Australian Communist Party and reads remarkably ahead of its time. Social realism to the point of being dark, the Australia the play describes is almost unbearably bleak. The first thing we learn about the protagonist and title character is that he is viol ...more
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