A Property of the Clan
Other Plays by Nick Enright
Enright, Nick (aka Nicholas Paul Enright, Australian playwright, screenwriter, actor, broadcaster, director, teacher, translator, supporter of Indigenous Australians, December 22, 1950-March 30, 2003), “A Property of the Clan,”
a __-minute drama in English, set in a large industrial city, Australia, spring, 1989,
© 1994 by Nick Enright;
• in Nick Enright’s A Property of the Clan, Teenage Drama Series (Sydney, Australia: Currency Press, 1994), ISBN 0868193601;
• script/rights available from Currency Press Pty Ltd, P.O. Box 2287, Strawberry Hills, New South Wales 2012, Australia, telephone +61 2 9319 5877, fax +61 2 9319 3649, http://www.currency.com.au, firstname.lastname@example.org, and from The Internet Theatre Bookshop, http://www.stageplays.com, accessed July 4, 2001.
Jared (m), surfer; Ricko (m), Jared’s best friend, a local surfing legend, daredevil, deviant, jester; _____ (m), __, _____; Diane (f), Jared’s mother, a survivor.
“When a young girl is murdered at the hands of one of her male contemporaries, what is the aftermath? How is a group of her friends able to cope?”—Australian Plays, http://www.currency.com.au/plays.htm, accessed August 18, 2003.
• A Newcastle, Australia, theatre-in-education company commissioned Nick Enright to write a play that could tour schools in response to the Leigh Leigh murder.
• “Nick Enright deals with these concerns with sensitivity and honesty in this brilliant new play in our Teenage Drama Series.”—Current Press, Australia’s Performing Arts Publisher, http://www.currency.com.au, accessed July 20, 2001.
• The Australian Defence Force Academy holds some Nicholas Enright papers, specifically relating to Nick Enright’s A Property of the Clan (Sydney, Australia: Currency Press, 1994); Folder 1 holds a revised text for Currency Press edition, photocopy typescript with ms. annotations, 40 p., March 1993; Enright's corrected copy from Currency Press, 52 p., 21/11/1993 and review.
• "A Property of the Clan" has been on the high school reading since publication and eventually led to the development of 'Black Rock', a full length play and feature film.
• “Enright went into communities to discover their stories and brought those stories to new audiences. He went to Newcastle and Stockton to explore the effect in those communities of the notorious rape and murder of Leigh Leigh and produced A Property of the Clan, about her rape and murder and what it meant for the community in which the crimes had been committed. He took the story—and its individual and social implications and issues concerning young masculinity in contemporary underclass Australia—and retold it for wider audiences in Blackrock, a mainstage play, and later a major Australian movie. Here, as in other works, he dramatised the human issues that underlie media stories.”—NSW Ministry for the Arts - Staff Details, http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/awards/LiteraryAwards/2003%20awards/2003winners.htm, accessed August 20, 2003.
• Research could include Nick Enright’s seventh Rex Cramphorn Lecture, “Collaboration and Community: an investigation into the craft of the actor and its contribution to the process of making new work for the theatre,” at the Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, Australia, Sunday, November 24, 2002; that was broadcast on Radio National, Sunday, December 22, 2002 and was published in the April, 2003, edition of the Australasian Drama Studies Journal. It is online at http://www.alliance.org.au/leadstory/2002/enright.htm, accessed August 20, 2003.
• Also, research could include “Mr WHELAN (Ashfield - Minister for Police) [2.18]: I desire to make a ministerial statement relating to the tragic death of Leigh Leigh.” NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, Full Day Transcript for 15 October 1996, presents the investigation of the rape and murder of Leigh Leigh.—NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard, Full Day Transcript for 15 October 1996, http://www.parliament.nsw.gov.au/Prod/Parlment/HansTrans.nsf/all/CA256D110020B6CD4A2563C4005B3C3F, accessed August 20, 2003.
adolescence, bullying, friendship, Leigh (Leigh Leigh, murdered November 3, 1989), misguided mateship, murder, resolution, sexual coercion, teenage drinking.