THEMES: Australia, femininity, masculinity, personal identity
CHARACTER AGES: 18+
SYNOPSIS Northern Australia, the dirt, the heat, the loneliness, everything about it says that it's man's country. The men 'round these parts are rougher, tougher, and louder than any other men in the country. The women up there are even more so. Ma Bates and her daughters are the only white woman for at least a hundred miles, until now.
Men Without Wives is an Australian drama where the landscape is as much a character as the cast themselves. Soaked with local slang and vernacular, this play perfectly showcases life in the Northern Territory in the early 1930s. It captures the people, the problems, the humour and the relationships between men and women, older and younger generations, different races and different ways of life.
Life in the North can be tough, but some would rather die than leave it behind.
PRODUCTION HISTORY Men Without Wives was first performed in Sydney in 1938 receiving praise for its script. The play has enjoyed a long life in Australian theatres including a season in Adelaide at the Arts Theatre, opening on the 24th of August 1963.
ISBN 978 1 921390 28 9