From the programme for "The Incorruptible", published by Currency Press.
The Incorruptible (1996 - Tour)
By Louis Nowra
14 September 1996 – 19 October 1996 Drama Theatre (Sydney Opera House)
Playbox Theatre Company, Sydney Theatre Company,
Theatre Tour Remount Co-Production
This political exposé takes us on a journey from a plush Brisbane hotel to the burning cane fields of Queensland and on to a crusade to Canberra.
Ed 'Gabo' Gabelich, political kingmaker, plucks Ion Stafford (Colin Friels), a plain-talking conservative Christian sugar cane farmer from the relative obscurity of Australia's deep north and attempts to plant him firmly in the most powerful position in the land. But the high moral ground that Ion fights so hard to maintain is forced to feed on entrenched political corruption in order to sustain itself. A monster is created that devours all in its path.
In 1996 this production also toured to the Canberra Theatre (4-7 September).
Pre-production shot for 1996 season of "The Incorruptible". John Howard as Ion Stafford. Photographer: Jeff Busby