Event This Old Man Comes Rolling Home
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Venue Old Tote Theatre, Kensington, NSW
First Date 19 March 1968
Opening Date 19 March 1968
Last Date 6 April 1968
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere No
Description Deals with the fluctuating fortunes of the Dockerty family living in Redfern, Sydney, in the 1950s. Tom Dockerty is working class to his boots and a member of the Communist Party. His wife, Laurie, the former 'Belle of Bundaberg' has not coped so well with seven kids and inner city living and has taken to drinking heavily.
It is a "slice of life" play with Redfern itself an always intrusive element.
Description Source Website
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Test Comedy
Drama
Subjects Australian National Identity
Class Issues
Family
Marriage
Socialism
Suburban Communities
Workers
Organisations
Contributors
Name Function Notes
Pat Bishop Actor Julie Dockerty
Kirsty Child Actor
Peter Collingwood Actor
John Derum Actor Landy
Ron Graham Actor George
Ron Haddrick Actor Ron Dockerty
Jennifer Hagan Actor
Martin Harris Actor
Betty Lucas Actor Lorraine Dockerty
Kerry McGuire Actor
Peter McPhie Actor Donnie
Trisha Noble Actor
Kirrily Nolan Actor Edie
Carole Skinner Actor
Allan Lees Designer
Jean Wilhelm Director
Dorothy Hewett Playwright
Resources
Works
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information Presented as part of The Old Tote's 1968 season of Australian plays. The programme contains photographs and brief biographies of the writer, director and cast.
Data Source
Source Description
Programme Dennis Wolanski Library collection at UNSW Library
Event Identifier 5553