Productions still for "The Propitious Kidnapping of the Cultured Daughter". William Gluth as Mark, Suzanne Baron as Felicity. Photographer: Unknown
The Propitious Kidnapping of the Cultured Daughter
23 August 1978 – 30 September 1978 Playbox Theatre
Hoopla Theatre Foundation,
New Writing Theatre World Premiere
An interpretation of the Patty Hearst story in Chinese Opera style. Patty Hearst was an American newspaper heiress who was kidnapped by the Symbionese Liberation Army in 1974, but who ended up joining the guerrilla organisation. Written by Chinese Malaysian playwright John Lee, who migrated to Australia in 1973.
"The Age" critic Neil Jillett described it as "drama with restraint and compression... Genuinely evocative, especially welcome at a time when so many theatre people are obsessed with the fake sensationalism of let-it-all-hang-out self-indulgence".