Dad Rudd is having a tough time on the selection. Old man Carey is demanding money that he just doesn’t have, but Kate is heading off to Brisbane to bring home the bacon from the big city.
If it wasn’t for loveable farmhand Sandy, Kate would have no trouble with leaving, after all the bush life has never been for her. But with young Jim Carey and Sandy both vowing for her attention, someone has to come off second best.
When Sandy and Jim get into a fight, someone is killed – but who is responsible? Will an innocent man be framed for a crime that he did not commit and send the Rudd family into dissent?
With the big election coming up, there’s only one man for the job to look after the blokes on the selections, but will revenge get in the way, and will money and influence prevail or will Dad’s fighting spirit win the hearts and votes of the electorate?
In this four act play, On Our Selection follows the trials of Dad Rudd in his fight to beat drought, fire and flood alongside the perpetual struggle against the greedy but influential John Carey. One of Australia’s most loved folk plays, the classic story of the bush battler and his foray into politics will continue to live on in the hearts of Australian’s long into the future.
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EXTRACT: Dooley backed his chestnut over a mile agin my piebald for a bag of pumpkins...Dooley cum to the post on the chestnut barebacked and barefooted with two jam tins over the horse's eyes to keep the flies out. Riley was the starter with that big muzzle loader of his, and whin he went to start us it missed fire so he poked at it and put the head of a match in the nipple and before he could get it to his shoulder agin it exploded and blew a hole in the pants of Dooley's chestnut, ..