THEMES: Australia, Australian society, isolation
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
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SYNOPSIS After spending five years in Brisbane, the daughter of a lighthouse keeper returns home to a small island off the coast of Queensland. Besides her parents the island is home to only an aboriginal mission and a fisherman who lives alone. On the surface life here is simple, quiet and repetitive, but the residents of this island have their secrets and they can't remain submerged forever.
In Beauty It is Finished is a challenging story of identity, social acceptance and isolation. It shows that while life in the city can be difficult, the simple life can be just as complicated.
PRODUCTION HISTORY In Beauty it is Finished was first performed at His Majesty's Theatre in 1931 by the Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society, after winning their National playwriting competition. Prior to opening, In Beauty it is Finished sparked public controversy when a local publication claimed that the play contained 'sordid' content. Church leaders preached from the pulpit against the play and condemned it in their newsletters, fanning a growing sense of moral outrage. After this sensationalist build-up, the production to played to packed houses, with audience members surprised that the play proceeded uninterrupted and with minimal censorship.
ISBN 978 1 921390 23 4