O’Grady, John (Australian playwright, 1907-1981), “The Valley,”
a __-minute drama in English in three scenes, set in the outer living and eating section of a tent encampment on a plateau, Upper Malaya, night and morning,
(+ 2m extras)
© 1949 by John O’Grady;
• in John O’Grady’s The Valley (___, Australia: The Author, 1949);
• script/rights available possibly through the curator, Campbell Howard Collection or from his son, through the National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia;
• in The Campbell Howard Annotated Index of Australian Plays 1920-1955, Dixson Library, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia.
• Cited by UNE Libraries Special Collection The Campbell Howard Collection, http://www-personal.une.edu.au/~tcooper/camp/lettero.htm, accessed July 7, 2002.
Frank Smythe (m), Gloria’s husband; Gordon MacDonald (m), geologist and prospector; Gloria Smythe (f), Frank’s wife; Ahmet (m extra), Malay boy; Salim (m extra), Malay boy.
Scene i is night, scene ii is an hour later, scene iii is next morning.
• The Campbell Howard Collection, Item 297.
• Biographical Note for his papers archived in the National Library of Australia, Canberra, ACT 2600, Australia: “O'Grady was a qualified pharmacist and he had a variety of jobs, including serving with the Army Medical Service 1942-50 and working in Samoa 1956-1958. O'Grady's first and best known book is They're a weird mob, written in 1957 under the pseudonym of Nino Culotta. Although born in Sydney, he spent much of his childhood on a remote New England farm and had no formal education until the age of twelve. He qualified as a pharmacist, but found the profession unsatisfying. In 1936 he began work as a commercial traveller selling medical goods. During WWII he served with the army Medical Service. He left the army in 1950 and worked as a pharmacist, builder's labourer, teacher of pharmacy for the NZ government in Samoa, and a fisherman. He wrote three books under the name of Nino Culotta. The most successful being They're a weird mob (1957), which was later made into a movie. He also wrote 16 books under his own name, as well as short stories and plays. [written by playwright’s son]”—Papers of John O'Grady - MS 8046, http://nla.gov.au/nla.ms-ms8046, accessed May 26, 2006.
Australian drama, infidelity, murder.