Playfully vulgar, bawdy and boisterous, Dimboola plays out the wedding reception from hell, with the audience actively playing the roles of the guests. A celebration as much as a satire, the play joyously takes a familiar ritual and turns it uproariously on its head.
Source: Currency Press
While Stockade follows the main historical events which occurred around the time of the Eureka Stockade rebellion Cook sided with tradition by portraying its leader, Peter Lalor, as a romantic rebel battling against the cold-blooded Captain Thomas. He also included a fictional story about a young couple and the tragic impact the rebellion had on their lives.
The musical, which uses a folk musical format (with new lyrics added to traditional songs) and episodic representation, explores somewhat didactically the theme of violent confrontation and murder, asking the question 'why does it have to be resorted to?'
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