7 Aug 2019
Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House$27/student, $13.50/PSFP
By Oriel Gray
Directed by Clare Watson
A woman's place is in the newsroom
It’s the 1890s in the gold fields of Australia. J.G. Milford has hopped off the train in Koolgalla to take on a job at the local paper. She’s smart, she’s savvy, she’s incredibly qualified, but nobody knew the J stood for Jenny!
Inspired by the ideas-driven comedies of George Bernard Shaw, Oriel Gray’s The Torrents is a newsroom drama married to a screwball comedy. On the one hand, debate is raging about whether the town should give up mining for a more sustainable economic future. On the other, newspaper editor Rufus Torrent and his son Ben are vying for Jenny’s favour, even as she pulls apart their chauvinistic assumptions.
The Torrents was written in 1955. That year, it was joint winner of the prestigious Playwrights’ Advisory Board Competition with Summer of the Seventeenth Doll. In the role of Jenny, award-winning comedian and actor Celia Pacquola (ABC’s Rosehaven) will put the spotlight back on this rarely seen Aussie classic.
Approx. duration 1hr 40mins (no interval). Subject to change.
Content warning None at this time. Subject to change.
DRAMA STAGE 5 AND 6
- Drama Stage 5 Dramatic Traditions and Performance Styles: Realism/Scripted Drama
- Drama Stage 6 Links to Topic 1: Dramatic Traditions in Australia
- Drama Stage 6 Links to Topic 3: The Voice of Women in Theatre
THEMES AND IDEAS
- Australian history
- Women in the workforce
- Environment and primary industry/sustainability
- Renée Mulder on the period costumes of The Torrents…
- Archive: The Fiercest Women on Stage…
- Feature: Pioneering Female Journalists of Australia…
- Synopsis: The Torrents…