From the programme for "The Golden Age", published by Currency Press. Cover design and illustration: Colin Batrouney
The Golden Age
By Louis Nowra
08 February 1985 – 15 February 1985 Studio Theatre
Playbox Theatre Company,
New Writing Theatre
Based on a true story about a strange group of people, 'ghosts from the netherworld of an Australian childhood', who are discovered by two young men in the wilds of Tasmania in 1939. Lost in time, this curious community steeped in its own history and traditions is initially a complete mystery to the modern Australians. But as the two cultures meet, those involved are drawn inextricably into a strange and tragic confrontation. Ranges from the Tasmanian wilderness to the ruins of Berlin in 1945.
From the press release:
"There are many recurring themes which resonate throughout Nowra's play-writing like leitmotifs - rootlessness and the search for an identity; the consuming nature of intense passion; the interaction between the inner and outer worlds; and the attempt to impose a personal vision on others. Nowra...has set The Golden Age in Australia, though as always, the physical location is inextricably linked with what he calls 'the geography of the human imagination'".