Monday, June 1, 2015


New Play Release - WEARY

Written by:
(extracted from the War Diaries of Sir Edward Dunlop)


Photo: Weary Dunlop in 1945

Adapted by the great Australian playwright Alan Hopgood from the War diaries of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, Hopgood’s new play WEARY focuses on Dunlop’s period of incarceration by the Japanese as a Prisoner of War from 1942 to 1945.

Of all the great lifetime achievements of Sir Edward 'Weary' Dunlop, none can really compare with his heroism on the Burma -Thailand railway, when he not only led his men through those years of intense privation in the face of Japanese cruelty, but performed ‘miracles’ of surgery with makeshift equipment.

Photo: St Kilda Botanical Gardens fringe, Peter Corlett's figure pays homage to Weary Dunlop

As one of Australia’s leadings playwrights Alan Hopgood has had a remarkable sixty year career as an actor, playwright, screenwriter and writer-producer.

Alan Hopgood’s first play AND THE BIG MEN FLY was presented at Melbourne Theatre Company in 1963, where the legendary football tall story about Achilles Jones became a huge success. Alan fondly remembers AND THE BIG MEN FLY as a turning point in his career, “The first play about Aussie Rules football, which nobody wanted to see, until it opened, then you couldn’t get a ticket for twelve weeks! I wrote it, I was in it and I had to deliver the opening line, on opening night – and it was a laugh! Try that for nerves!”

In 1964, he followed the success of his play AND THE BIG MEN FLY with THE GOLDEN LEGION OF CLEANING WOMEN and, in 1966, the first play in the world on the subject of the Vietnam war, PRIVATE YUK OBJECTS.


And The Big Men Fly
The Golden Legion Of Cleaning Women
Private Yuk Objects
The Twins
The Carer

For Better, For Worse (short version)
Pill, A Pump and a Needle, A
Six Degrees Of Diabetes
Wicked Widows, or More Than A Dead Man’s Wife
Four Funerals In One Day

For a complete list of Plays from Alan Hopgood, please visit our website.

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