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Australian Drama

Recordings of the following plays by the celebrated Australian dramatist, Louis Esson, have been scheduled for 2016/2017:

Four One-Act Plays:

  • Dead Timber
  • The Drovers
  • TheWoman Tamer
  • The Sacred Place

The Time is Not Yet Ripe

Four One-act Plays

by Louis Esson

Dead Timber

The Woman Tamer

The Drovers

The Sacred Place

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. As with most of his work these four plays depict life from the view of the common man, and provide vivid presentations of life, both urban and rural, in Australia before the First World War.

Featuring the voices of
Denis Daly
Linda Barrans
David Prickett
Peter Tucker
Phil Benson
Elizabeth Chambers
Joseph Tabler
Maureen Boutilier

Link to audio: Four One-Act Plays

The Time is Not yet Ripe

by Louis Esson

Louis Esson is considered to be the first great Australian dramatist. The political comedy, The Time is Not Yet Ripe, was first produced in 1912 and is one of his best known works.

Doris, daughter of the incumbent prime minister, Sir Joseph Quiverton, has news for her father - she has just become engaged. Much to Sir Joseph’s dismay her fiancé is none other than an opposing candidate in the forthcoming general election - and a revolutionary socialist to boot.  Is Sir Joseph in danger of losing both his reputation and his majority in parliament?

Sir Joseph Quiverton - Peter Tucker
Doris/ A Cheeky Youth - Elizabeth Chambers
English Butler/A Fat Man - Joseph Tabler
Sir Henry Pilsbury - Denis Daly
Lady Pilsbury - Maureen Boutilier
John K. Hill/An Old Man - Ben Stevens
Sydney Barrett - David Prickett
Miss Perkins - Leanne Yau
Otto - John Burlinson
Harry Hopkins - Alan Weyman
Peter Jensen - Marty Krz
Arthur Gray - Phil Benson
Bertie Wainwright - Ben Lindsey-Clark
A Working Woman - Linda Barrans
Violet Faulkner - Sarah Backholer
Stage directions read by K.G.Cross

Link to audio:

The Time is Not Yet Ripe

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