THEMES: Family relationships and obligations
CHARACTER AGES: 17 - 50
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SYNOPSIS A life of one's own at the expense of one's family? Or a life of familial obligation? This is the choice faced by Ada Bergmann. Trapped on a remote island, accessible only by boat, the youthful Ada is burdened by the demands of her widowed mother, the expectations of her ever-patient fiancée Carl Nilssen, and haunted by the prospect of a different life.
Infused with a spirit of tragedy, No Incense Rising is brimming with melodrama and a sense of the gothic: the landscape dominates, wild weather shapes the action, and a sense of menace and looming catastrophe persist throughout. This early example of Dann's work sits strongly within the sizeable canon of gothic Australian, and particularly Queensland theatre and literature.
PRODUCTION HISTORY No Incense Rising was first staged by the Independent Theatre of Sydney in November 1937, and subsequently performed by the Brisbane Repertory Theatre Society and the Dramatists' Club of Australia (Melbourne) in 1938. No Incense Rising was further awarded 1st prize in Sydney's Independent Theatre Play Competition in 1937, and 1st prize in the Dramatists Club of Australia Competition in 1938.
ISBN 978 1 921390 24 1