doollee banner
The Playwrights Database
contact doollee

Eric Earley

ERIC EARLEY  (1923 - 1996)

Nationality:    Australian
email:    n/a     Website:    n/a

Literary Agent:    n/a

Eric Earley was born in Ireland in 1923, served in Royal Navy during WW2 and trained to be a teacher after the war. He emigrated to Australia in the 1950's. He taught in New Guinea for four years in the 1970's and began to produce plays in this period at the school where he was headmaster. Earley died in September, 1996.


Buy Plays with Doollee

Each page of has links to play/book outlets, either directly to the Publisher, through and Amazon to the second hand and 1st editions of AbeBooks. These links will automatically take you to the relevant area obviating the need for further search.
whether you are a Playwright who wishes to make their entry definitive, an unlisted Playwright or a User with a tale to tell - we want to hear from you.
download WORD submission template

below is a list of Eric Earley's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Custodians, The

Custodians, The

Within the settings of police station, Mission, hotel and the bush, this tragedy unfolds revealing personal and cultural conflict and their impact upon people under duress

Pauline McKelvey writes: I worked with Eric on his adaptation of "the Custodians" for radio. He was a meticulous writer and had unjustified doubts about his work. After completing draft No. 6 of the "the Custodians" I was forced to insist that he call the play finished and submit it to the ABC. It was well-recieved when it was broadcast. "the CUSTODIANS" was written for the stage for the Australian Bicentenary (Bicentenary of Australian settlement, 1988). It was adapted for radio in 1991 and won a runner-up prize in the Ian Reed Awards. It was subsequently published by Currency Press and has been adapted for screen.

1st Produced:
the Playhouse, Civic Square, ACT    03 Sep 1993

Canberra Theatre Trust

1st Published:
Sydney : Published by Currency Press in association with Canberra Theatre Trust, 1993   -


To Buy This Play:
If Publisher (above) is underlined then the play may be purchased by direct click from the Publisher, otherwise (below) are AbeBooks for secondhand, signed & 1st eds and other Booksellers for new copies



Male:  5            Female:  2            Other:  -

Further Reference:

Top of Page Top of Page