Covering the years 1896-1902, this revealing three-hander - by turn comic and searing - examines the traumatic marriage of Henry and Bertha Lawson, as well as confronting those two enduring icons of the Australian imagination, Lawson and 'Banjo' Paterson.
Middle-aged Bertha Lawson delivers a lecture to the NSW Poetry Society in 1923. She calls her censored version of history ‘My Henry Lawson’. But, as she speaks, we see the reality of her life with the famously unreliable poet.
In 1896 ‘Banjo’
The action follows Henry and Bertha to the goldfields of
The play includes excerpts from 8 of Lawson’s more self-revealing poems.
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Plot / Synopsis
7 scenes, simple non-realistic presentation, ideal for in-the-round presentation
The play offers exceptional opportunities for three talented performers.
Henry Lawson, 30-36; thin, explosive, often desperate
‘Banjo’ Paterson, 33-39; handsome and successful
Bertha Lawson, 19-25; at first romantic and bright-eyed, later desperate (prologue/epilogue shows her in her late 40s)