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Treadmill / by Lorna Bol ; [introduction by Rod Lumer]
Bib ID 7132288
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline [text, online resource]
Author
Bol, Lorna, author
 
Online Access
Access Conditions National edeposit: Available onsite at the State Library of Queensland, National Library of Australia. 
Description South Brisbane BC, Queensland : Playlab, [2012] 
1 online resource (69 pages) 
ISBN 9781921390333 (pdf)
Series

New Vintage.

Technical Details

text file : PDF : 4.3MB 

Summary

"Life is tough for Ma McTaggart and Ma is tough on Ruby, her only daughter and daily annoyance. Ma and her son, the faultless fisherman Dick, together with Ruby, eke out an existence in a small town on the North Coast of New South Wales. Aside from visits from her docile friend Dot, Ruby finds nothing but hard work and harsh words at home. Seeking solace elsewhere, Ruby falls pregnant to a married man and so, unwittingly, she sets off a series of tragic events that see the treadmill of drudgery continue to turn. Simultaneously, as their fates unravel, Ma and her daughter grow further apart yet closer together than ever before. It seems there is no escaping the cycle that haunts them. Set in the 1940s in a North Coast town of New South Wales Treadmill captures the economic, educational and, arguably, emotional poverty that women such as Ma, Ruby and Dot were faced with. The three women of the play are trapped in bodies that will never be as useful as a man's. Their unique, authentic dialect is as raw and honest as the words they speak: their words damage, divide, drive apart and bring death. Yet they cannot harness the power of speech to change their path in an impoverished, patriarchal society. And thus the treadmill claims them."--Website.

Notes

First published in 1977--Page 6.

Treadmill was first produced at La Boite Theatre, Brisbane, in a season of Queensland plays on Friday 1st April, 1977.--Page 8.

"The rhythm of their speech as written in the text has been recognised to be a dialect commonly used still in the North Coast area and has been studied with interest by the Linguistic Class of the Lismore College of Advanced Education."--Page 7.

Subjects Dialect drama -- Australia.  |  Families -- New South Wales -- Drama.  |  Women -- New South Wales -- Social conditions -- 1939-1945 -- Drama.  |  Drama -- Women authors.  |  Drama -- 20th century.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Lumer, Rod, writer of introduction  |  Ian Potter Foundation

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