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Description - AWAY by Michael Gow

'Away was a revelation. For here was an Australian play set in the summer of 1967-68 that was truthful, fantastical, satirical and deeply touching. The characters were immediately recognisable and grounded in reality yet Gow's quest opened up its claustrophobic, flawed, bittersweet domestic terrain to wider horizons enabling change and self-awareness.' Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

One of the great Australian classics, Away opens with a school performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the timeless Shakespearean themes of suffering, regeneration and reconciliation persist. It's Christmas in 1967 and time to re-enact the rituals of the summer holiday. Three Australian families set out separately but are driven together by a storm. At times funny and yet painfully truthful, Away explores the comedy and tragedy of their lives.

Featuring introductions by May-Brit Akerholt and Richard Wherrett.

1987 AWGIE Awards - Major Award Winner

1986 NSW Premier's Literary Award - Play Award

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780868192116
ISBN-10: 0868192112
Format: Paperback / softback
(210mm x 137mm x 5mm)
Pages: 80
Imprint: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publisher: Currency Press Pty Ltd
Publish Date: 10-Nov-1986
Country of Publication: Australia

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Author Biography - Michael Gow

Michael Gow has extensive writing credits for stage, screen and radio. His best known play is the multi-award winning Away, a modern classic of Australian Theatre and one of the most performed Australian plays. He has been Artistic Director of Queensland Theatre Company since 1999.

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