||Issue No. 356||21 December 2006|
Interview: The Terminator
Industrial: Vive La Resistance
Unions: Breaking News
History: Seven Deadly Sins
Economics: Back to the Future
Politics: Organising and Organisations
International: Web Retrospective
Review: Shock Therapy
All the Best
A Local Man
With Tony Barry as Ben Chifley
A play dedicated to Theo Barker (historian) and John Clayton (actor and strong unionist).
From train driver to Prime Minister, Ben Chifley has long been regarded as an icon of the Australian Labor Party and now noted author, essayist and playwright Bob Ellis is bringing his life to the stage.
A Local Man is the story of the last days of Ben Chifley's life and is set entirely inside Chifley's home at 10 Busby Street, Bathurst.
Written by Bob Ellis and Robin McLachlan, the script is more personal than political, although dividing the personal from the political in a life such as Chifley's is no easy task. The role of Chifley is being played by film, television and stage character actor Tony Barry.
The meticulous research of Ellis and McLachlan becomes apparent as Chifley (Tony Barry) speaks of the bitter frustration of being used as slave labour by his Grandpa on a property at Limekilns until the age of 14. However, it not until Chifley becomes politically active that his passion is really aroused.
The emotional depth of Barry's performance is astonishing, most notably when he talks of the bitter internal feuds of the Labor Party and when reminiscing on his marriage to Elizabeth.
If Labor Party propaganda is what the audience is hoping for, you will be sorely disappointed. Rather than propaganda, A Local Man offers rare and brilliant insight into the personal life of a war - time leader and a man passionately involved in the daily struggles of Australians.
In an age where government is increasingly sly in its dealings with the people, this is a refreshing story of a prime minister who often wrestled with his conscience, his emotions and his faith.
The next A Local Man performance will be held at the Trades Hall Auditorium, Sussex Street, Sydney, Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th, Wednesday 16th, Thursday 17th and Friday May 18th, 7.00pm. This play has a strong and affectionate monologue that is an effective portrait of the private man behind the iconic political figure. Tickets are $20.00 each or $15.00 for a group booking of ten or more for an ALP, FEC, SEC or community fundraiser.
For information about ticket sales, email [email protected]. Food and refreshments on sale.
All proceeds to the Your Rights At Work Campaign
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