"Blood, sweat and fear in the North Queensland canefields..."
During the 1930s, letters of extortion were distributed within the migrant Italian community in the North Queensland cane growing districts. Mano Nera - "the Black Hand" - was the name of the group claiming responsibility for the letters. Were they a slick criminal organization or simple-minded thugs? Fear divided the community.
As Australians argued for deportation, the Italian community who had fled political oppression and a fast-deteriorating society to make North Queensland their home faced a choice. Were they going to put up with their reputation being sullied by the actions of a few desperate men? Or were they going to fight for every privilege their newly-adopted country could offer?
Winner of the Premier's Drama Award and developed in association with the Queensland Theatre Company, Adam Grossetti's new play richly evokes the tense stand-off between the British authorities and a divided Italian community desperately trying to make the most of its hard-won freedom.