From teenage rebel to elder stateswoman, Dorothy Hewett's life as a poet and dramatist has followed the steps of Sally Banner, her iconic heroine in The Chapel Perilous doing battle on behalf of the forces of life. In turn she has shocked, outraged and seduced her public.
The Chapel Perilous
The painful and sometimes farcical life of a defiant young poet, Sally Banner, as she attemptsâ€”through her school days, lovers, marriage and politicsâ€”to extract meaning from her environment. Music by Frank Arndt.
Also published as a single edition and available in Australian Women's Drama
This Old Man Comes Rolling Home
A play centred on family life in working-class Redfern in the 1950s which captures the colour, spirit and political character of the inner-city suburb. Hewett who lived in Redfern during the Cold War, wrote that her aim was 'to write of a self-contained world ... with its own language, its own folklore, its own values, its own ethos, to write of it with both realism and poetry'.
Mrs Porter and the Angel
An exploration of the frustrations of domesticity and marriage in the lives of academic women.
The Tatty Hallow Story
No two versions of Tatty are alike in this conjuring of fantasies about an enigmatic, ageless blonde. A black comedy about ageing, faded beauty and accepting eccentricity.
No one writes playsâ€”and certainly not in Australiaâ€”of such rich complexity and poetic force. - The Australian