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Mano Nera

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Title: Mano Nera
Author: Grossetti, Adam
Price: $14.95

Cast: 6M 2F
Character Ages: 20 - 40
Length: 2hrs approximately
Target Audience: Adult
Style: Historical Drama
Themes: Migration, bribery, crime

“…[an] intensely visual rendering of the
tribulations of a small, almost claustrophobically
confined community in a harsh physical
environment” – M/C Reviews

Blood, sweat and fear in the North Queensland canefields...

* Winner of the 2004-2005 Queensland Premier's Drama Award.

SYNOPSIS
In the 1930s, letters of extortion were written to the migrant Italian community in North Queensland’s cane growing districts. Mano Nera – the ‘black hand’ – was the name of the group claiming responsibility for the letters. But was Mano Nera a slick criminal organisation, or simple-minded thugs?
Either way, Mano Nera instilled fear that divided the community. Australians argued for the deportation of the Italian migrants. While the Italian community, who had bravely fled political oppression and a fast deteriorating society to make North Queensland their home, faced a choice. Would they put up with their reputation being sullied by the actions of Mano Nera’s desperate men? Or would they flight for the privileges their adopted country could offer?
Mano Nera richly evokes the tense stand-off between the British authorities and a divided Italian community desperately trying to make the most of its hard-won freedom.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
Mano Nera was first presented by Queensland Theatre Company at the Bille Brown Studio in June, 2005. It was Winner of the Queensland Premier’s Drama Award in 2004-5.

PLAYWRIGHT
Adam Grossetti’s plays include Dogs, Pitchfork, Lost Lagoon, Cavallo A Horse Cavallo, Bird of Prey, and Hotel. His plays have been staged around Australia and heard on ABC Radio National. Adam is a recipient of the Philip Parsons Young Playwright’s Award for his play Lost Lagoon and the 2004 Queensland Premier’s Drama Award for his play Mano Nera.

Publisher: Playlab Press
Publication date: 01/12/2005
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780908156900
Publishing status: AU Dropshipping in stock
Mano Nera