RAINBOW’S END – Starring Christine Anu
Civic Theatre Newcastle Tue 2nd August 2011 — Tue 2nd August 2011 8:00 pm
Three generations of Koorie women, Nan Dear, her feisty daughter Gladys and clever teenage Dolly live on the outskirts of a country town in a shack on the river banks. For Nan, even life on ‘the Flats’ represents progress of a kind, but Gladys has bigger ambitions for a real house and a real job for Dolly in the town. When Gladys takes on buying the Encyclopaedia Britannica to improve Dolly’s chances, their lives take an unexpected turn.
Set against the Queen’s visit in the 1950’s with music from the period, this tender, funny, play is a story of hope 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 conservative white, post colonial community.
Written with gentle irony and bitter sweet affection by Jane Harrison, the writer of the award winning play Stolen, this Sydney premiere production is directed by multi award winner Craig Ilott.