Production still for "Mark Twain Down Under". Frederick Parslow as Mark Twain. Photographer: Jeff Busby
Mark Twain Down Under
09 November 1988 – 03 December 1988 Studio Theatre
Playbox Theatre Company,
New Writing Theatre World Premiere
An aging and ailing Mark Twain, on a visit to Australia during his world lecture tour in 1895, talks on diverse topics in this one-man show.
Subtitled 'The Most Beautiful Lies', Mark Twain Down Underrecreates the public 'At Home' lecture evenings given by Twain in town halls across the country during his 1895 Australian tour - just a part of Twain's year-long journey round the world, lecturing to restore his income and spirits from bankruptcy.
Using the great humorist's own legendary words and wit to describe his travels through Australian history, slang, manners and wildlife from Eureka to the platypus, from The Melbourne Club to the battlers of the Aussie bush, the famous Frederick Parslow now brings Twain back to vibrant life in a return tour of the Antipodes.