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In 1986 Barbara Fern was Director of the Port Pirie Youth Theatre, where she was asked to write a musical play for over thirty children, aged from nine to sixteen, in honour of South Australias sesquicentenary. She created Off to the Colliney for a three-night season in the Keith Mitchell Theatre. Barbara has worked in Taiwan, teaching Conversational English, and in Sydney, teaching Adult Literacy and English for migrants. In 1999 she published a book of short stories, and has also had some poems published. She is a member of the NSW Writers Centre, the Poets Union and the New Writers Group. She does black and white illustration, and water-colours.
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Off To The Colliney
Off To The Colliney
Our hero, ten-year-old Tom Bottle of Little Huddle in 1840's Dorset, runs away to sea rather than wear his sister's old boots, which are all that his desperately poor mother can give him. Tom obtains a berth aboard The Shroud, bound for South Australia under the command of the ruthless Captain Caligula Grudge. The emigrant passengers include Betsy and Jeremiah Peaspod, as well as Tom's own family who have stowed away in the lifeboat. But when Tom leaves the ship in South Australia, Captain Grudge has him kidnapped and held to ransom - until Betsy and Tom's sisters turn the tables.
the original cast numbered 30, with more girls than boys
Port Pirie Youth Theatre, Australia 1986
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Colonial musical comedy for children 90 min
Male: 26 Female: 11 Other: -
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