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Constance Drinkwater and The Final Days Of Somerset

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Title: Constance Drinkwater and The Final Days Of Somerset
Author: Carleton, Stephen
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Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset
By Stephen Carleton


Cast: 3M 3F
Character Ages: 18+
Length: 2 hrs approximately
Target Audience: Senior Years / Adult
Style: Gothic Drama
Themes: Colonisation, racism, national identity, multiculturalism

"Clever characterisation, rich, haunting imagery and a well-crafter script" - abc.net

It is 1899 and only the resolve of Lady Constance Drinkwater has kept the Far North Queensland settlement of Somerset from crumbling. Beset by storms, ill-luck and a mysterious disease that has killed all but two of Constance's children, it is the arrival of strangers - anthropologist Professor Cornelius Crabbe and his companion, Mr Hop Lee - that sets in motion the final catastrophic days of Somerset.

Stephen Carleton's award-winning play is a post-colonial melodrama, hilarious and sad in equal measure, and a proud addition to the growing genre of Australian gothic.

PRODUCTION HISTORY
First performed in full by the Queensland Theatre Company and opened at the Bille Brown Studio in July 2006. Also produced at Griffin Theatre Company, Sydney.

PLAYWRIGHT
Stephen Carleton is a Brisbane-based practitioner. He is the winner of the 2004/5 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award with his play Constance Drinkwater and the Final Days of Somerset, which was also shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Award (QTC), and produced by the company in July 2006. In 2007, the play was also nominated for an AWGIE and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. His play The Narcissist played at La Boite Theatre Company in March 2007, and at the Sydney Opera House for STC in September 2008 and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards in the same year as Constance. He is also the winner of the 2006 New York New Dramatists’ Award.


Publisher: Playlab Press
Publication date: 01/01/2004
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780908156986
Publishing status: Active (web)
Constance Drinkwater and The Final Days Of Somerset