Ned Kelly is about to hang for his crimes. But his final night in prison is interrupted by the arrival of his brother Dan, disguised as a priest. Supposedly killed at the Siege of Glenrowan, Dan is intent on moving north to Queensland and forgetting his past. To do so, he needs Ned's blessing and forgiveness. But the last time they saw each other, Dan tried to shoot Ned dead.
So begins a brutal confrontation by two titans of Australian history. Facing the sins of their past, each blames the other for their downfall. And neither will escape unharmed.
Dramatically entwining fact, theory and myth, Kelly is a smartly written, complex and gripping tale of masculinity, brotherhood and the dangerous dynamic of mateship.
'Kelly is a beautifully conceived character drama ... Ryan's stupefyingly good script is poignant and to-the point ... Kelly is a subtle, smart imagining of Ned Kelly's last night alive, charged with unfulfilled potential and torturous regret, and deeply moving to the bitter end.' - Sydney Morning Herald
"Matthew Ryan is an impressive writer and surely must have a pinch of the obsessive compulsive, as Kelly, which took four years to write, is perfectly polished down to every single word. Itâ€™s a magnificent piece."
"This Kelly is both courageous and vainglorious, as willing to place his loved ones in mortal danger as he was to risk his own hide saving them. This ambivalence is surely key to Kelly's endurance, too."