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Seven Little Australians
21 June 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Written By: Ethel Turner, adapted for stage by Joan Leslie and Di Mason
Directed By: Di Mason
Assistant Director: Sonja Zodrow
‘Seven Little Australians’ is the story of The Woolcot family – Captain John Woolcot from the N.S.W. Regiment, his second young wife Esther, and his seven children and their adventures in the late 19th Century Sydney.
The family lives in their large home by the Paramatta River, lovingly named ‘MISRULE’ . Captain Woolcot tries to run his household with regimental discipline, but his rules and regulations are no match for his seven fun-loving children. The war of wills between the Captain and his troop of independent minded sons and daughters is tempered by gentle guidance of the children’s kindhearted Stepmother, Esther.
Vivacious and unruly, Judy is the ringleader and leads her six siblings into constant trouble. She is eventually sent away to boarding school by her father in an attempt to improve her behaviour. Judy is determined to return home at all costs. She finally makes it, by train and on foot but has become ill during the difficult journey home. She needs to leave Sydney to recuperate and an invitation for Esther and the children to stay at her parent’s property ‘Yarrahappini’ provides a wonderful opportunity for a country holiday for them all. Surprisingly, the Captain, left alone at ‘Misrule’, misses his family.
A terrible tragedy reveals the true strength of the family’s love.