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ON OUR SELECTION by Steele Rudd

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THEMES: Australia, triumph over adversity, revenge, family, home

CHARACTER AGES: 18+

Length
LENGTH: 2.5 Hours
Cast Size
CAST SIZE: 9 + Cast Members
Target Audience
TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Years
   PLAYWRIGHT: Steele Rudd
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SYNOPSIS Dad Rudd is having a tough time on the selection. Old man Carey is demanding money that he just doesn't have, but Kate is heading off to Brisbane to bring home the bacon from the big city.

If it wasn't for loveable farmhand Sandy, Kate would have no trouble with leaving, after all the bush life has never been for her. But with young Jim Carey and Sandy both vowing for her attention, someone has to come off second best.

When Sandy and Jim get into a fight, someone is killed – but who is responsible? Will an innocent man be framed for a crime that he did not commit and send the Rudd family into dissent?

With the big election coming up, there's only one man for the job to look after the blokes on the selections, but will revenge get in the way, and will money and influence prevail or will Dad's fighting spirit win the hearts and votes of the electorate?

In this four act play, On Our Selection follows the trials of Dad Rudd in his fight to beat drought, fire and flood alongside the perpetual struggle against the greedy but influential John Carey. One of Australia's most loved folk plays, the classic story of the bush battler and his foray into politics will continue to live on in the hearts of Australian's long into the future.

PRODUCTION HISTORY On Or Selection took on its first form as a book written by Arthur Hoey Davis (known as Steele Rudd) in 1899. Hoey Davis was born in Drayton in the Darling Downs area of Western Queensland, his story of Dad Rudd and the Rudd family comes form his own experiences growing up and working on the farming selections of the area. On Our Selection was adapted as a play by Hoey Davis and Adelaide publisher Frank Beaumont Smith in 1907, which was later taken on by Bert Bailey and Edmund Duggan in 1912.

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