Jane Harrison’s play, Rainbow’s End, is a snapshot of Australian life in the nineteen fifties as experienced by three generations of Koori women.
Jane Harrison’s play, Rainbow’s End, is a snapshot of Australian life in the nineteen fifties as experienced by three generations of Koori women. This Sydney premiere features film and television veteran Lillian Crombie as Nan Dear, popular music performer Christine Anu as her daughter Gladys and newcomer Chenoa Deemal debuts as teenage granddaughter Dolly. With humour and gentle irony Rainbow’s End skillfully captures the optimistic spirit of the women as they strive to belong in conservative rural Australia. Directed by Craig Ilott, this funny and engaging play is produced by Riverside Theatres for a limited season from Saturday August 29 to September 12.
The three women live in a shack on the flood plain of the Goulburn River near Shepparton in Victoria. The time is the 1950’s and the royal visit is creating a climate of `queen and country’ pride in the post-colonial world of Menzies’ Australia. Although Nan believes their life on “the flats” represents a certain progress, Gladys is eager to secure a real house and job for Dolly in town.
“It’s fantastic to have the opportunity to do my first play,’ says Christine Anu” a wonderful storyline about three generations of women on their own personal journeys.”
Like Jane Harrison’s extraordinarily successful previous play Stolen, Rainbow’s End is a story of hope, of love and of the search for identity and belonging. Most of all it is a celebration of the triumph of human spirit as the three feisty women fight for an equal chance and acceptance in a white community. With music from the period, this funny and moving play has great heart.
"I decided to write about the '50s, but instead of writing about the obvious heroes, I chose to write about the unsung heroes," said the plays writer Jane Harrison.
Rainbow’s End had a successful Melbourne production and played at Rumbalara, the Aboriginal settlement which inspired the work. It has also had a season in Japan. The Riverside season is the Sydney premiere. This highly pertinent theatre work is included on the HSC syllabus for English for NSW.
‘Rainbow’s End is a testament to the transformative power of learning. While it is set in another era the message is relevant to the current situation in many indigenous communities and amongst cultural minorities. But first and foremost Rainbow’s End is a truly feel good night in the theatre’ says the play’s producer Camilla Rountree.
‘Harrison's writing is full of subtleties, from the ironies of Gladys' patriotic enthusiasm for the Queen's visit, to her mention of her husband's wartime service, and an awareness of the post-colonial implications of the Britannica - with a reference to the characters' lack of citizenship’ Melbourne Age
‘…high-quality, thought-provoking and emotionally powerful drama’ Melbourne Age
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DATES: August 29- September 12
TIMES: Sat 29 Aug 7.30pm, Wed 2 Sept 7.30pm, Thurs 3 Sept 7.30pm, Fri Sept 4 7.30pm, Sat Sept 5 7.30pm, Thurs 10 Sept 6.30pm, Fri 11 Sept 7.30pm, Sat 12 Sept 2.15pm & 7.30pm
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Students $17 per student/additional teacher
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