The setting of the play is based on the Victorian towns of Nyah West, Quambatook and Sea Lake.
First produced at The Playhouse, Melbourne, by the Melbourne Theatre Company on 5th March 2003. Directed by Simon Phillips.
A reading of the play was given in the Nyah West picture theatre early in 2003.
The most recent production was an amateur production at Stirling Community Theatre in South Australia, 21 February to 8 March 2014.
Hannie Rayson is what is called in Australian slang a 'stirrer', meaning a person who attempts to stir up debate on matters of social and political significance. This is perhaps not unusual for a playwright in any country in an age when political engagement is increasingly seen as the legitimate province of the artist. It is not unusual in Australia where historically may playwrights have concerned themselves with notions of Australian identity, politics and social justice in their works.
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