The Bushrangers

“(The Bushrangers is a) milestone in Australian theatre history: the first substantial play written, published and performed in an Australian colony.” – Richard Fotheringham

In Australia’s wild woods, notorious bushrangers rule the land. They’ll take a man for every penny and thump his brain without a thought. And with a score to be settled, Bill Fellows and his gang of bushrangers are focused on revenge.

Mr Norwood has a target on his back after ratting out the bushrangers to the police. Now the outlaws won’t rest until his windpipe is cut. But when Norwood’s beautiful daughter and her English lover get in the way, an unlikely friend comes to their aid.

A milestone of Australian melodrama, The Bushrangers examines honor and trust in the harsh Australian bush and the relationship between white settlers, the aboriginal people and the bushrangers.

  • drama
  • 0
  • 8 total
  • 2 female identifying, 6 male identifying
  • history
  • 18+
  • adult, young adult
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Female | 20s | under 3 minutes
Starts on page 14

EXTRACT: Oh unhappy Marian! Is there more danger to be apprehended from Frederick Seymour than from a host of bushrangers? My father judges harshly, the very name of Seymour is sufficient to call forth all his latent feelings - it was Seymour's brother that almost ruined him, but he little thinks my happiness is staked - he little thinks what I suffer when submissively I bear his violent bursts of passion - when I hear Frederick Seymour called gay and profligate, it chills my very heart...

Mr Norwood

Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 35

EXTRACT: All my exertions are useless - I cannot discover the least trace of my daughter! I have examined every hill and dale in the neighbourhood - my men are yet on the search, oh! gracious Heaven, may they be more successful. The whole country is alarmed, but what matters, my daughter's ruin is accomplished - her bleeding corpse, perhaps, will be all that her agonised father will again see of her.

Bill Fellows

Male | Unspecified | 3 to 5 minutes
Starts on page 21

EXTRACT: Hallo, here's a pocket book, I never saw this before, [Opens it, and fumbles over it.]why, the rascal, I always thought there was honor among thieves, but now I am convinced there is no honor no where - Fawkes never shewed me this pocket book - here's money - notes too - twenty, thirty, forty, fifty, sixty, seventy, eighty - a bill of 60 - another of 40 pounds; - oh, the rascal, this is the first I ever heard of it - but I will match him -

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