Published in Contemporary Indigenous Plays
Set in the 1950s in the northern Victorian area of Shepparton and Mooroopna, Rainbow's End by Jane Harrison creates a "thought-provoking and emotionally powerful" (The Age) snapshot of a Koori family. "The basic story is about three generations of aboriginal women living on the flats beside the river, living in a humpy. There’s Nan Dear, her daughter Gladys and then the granddaughter, Gladys daughter, Dolly" (Jane Harrison, playwright).
The play dramatises their struggle for decent housing, meaningful education, jobs and community acceptance.
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PDF download (1.1MB) Teachers' Notes for 'Rainbow's End' by Jane Harrison.
"Rainbowâ€™s End is beautifully crafted, elegantly scripted and exquisitely performed. More than anything, it is an important play, a play that deals with social justice, human rights, and issues worth talking about, a play that privileges the voices of those who have been too often silenced, and this makes it theatre worth seeing."
Not in Print speaks to Australian playwright Jane Harrison about her play 'Rainbow's End'.