The story of the intimate and bizarre relationship between Australian composer Percy Grainger and his mother Rose, and the impact this has on Percy's friends.

PERCY AND ROSE was first produced by The Stage Company in Adelaide for the 1982 Adelaide Festival. It was later produced at the MTC, Marian Street Theatre (Sydney), RQTC, and The National Theatre (Perth).

  • heightened naturalistic drama
  • 100
  • 4 total
  • 2 female identifying, 2 male identifying
  • adolescence
  • 18+
  • adult
  • Australian Script Centre


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EXTRACT: A sound that is pleasing to the ear of many degenerate brown eyed simpletons, but which has very little appeal to anyone with a Scandinavian heritage... Getting music out of the damned thing is another matter altogether. I simply look as if I am making music. I run out onto the concert platform with mock enthusiasm, I smile sickeningly sweetly to all and sundry, my blonde hair and blue eyes look convincing, the conductor waves his wand, the tuneful instruments in the orchestra begin to play, and I sit there causing little hammers to hit lengths of wire.

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