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BILL WARNOCK (1934 - 2001)
Bill Warnock was born in Glasgow, Scotland, on April 25, 1934, and came out to Perth, Western Australia with his parents in May of 1948. After a very successful career in advertising, a kidney transplant in 1975 triggered him to abandon the business and return to his childhood ambition of being a writer. He wrote poetry, six novels (three published), short stories, plays and screenplays. His play, the Judgment of Paris, premiered at the Festival of Perth in 1997 and has been performed in Sweden. Mr. Warnock, also a well-known activist in Perth, died suddenly of cancer in June 2001.
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Judgement Of Paris, The
Hitler ordered his Paris Commander to stage a last ditch fight against the allied invasion in 1944 and to destroy Paris rather than let it fall into enemy hands. Defend Paris street by street, blow up bridges, reduce the capital to rubble with bombs and mines. Instead the Commander sent word behind the Allied lines that he would surrender. The General believed Hitler to be mentally ill and felt the destruction of Paris would have shattered forever any possibility of future friendship between France and Germany. The Judgment of Paris is a play about a hero who fought on the wrong side but for the right cause-preserving a place that represents, perhaps as strongly as any on Earth, the city as an engine of civilisation, as a meeting place for humans to work and live alongside each other.
Festival of Perth, West Australia, WA 19 Feb 1997
The Hole in the Wall Theatre Company
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