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Henrietta Drake-Brockman


  (1901 - 1968)

Nationality:    Australian
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Henrietta Drake-Brockman was born in Perth in 1901 and was schooled in both Australia and Scotland before attending University in Western Australia where she studied literature. She soon became a published author with the majority of her work being inspired by the North-West region of Australia. Drake-Brockman was mainly a novelist, however she also wrote a number of one act plays. Men Without Wives was her most successful play as women playwrights rose to prominence in Australia for a number of reasons following the war. Drake-Brockman was also one of the original members of the Fellowship of Australian Writers in Western Australia. She died in 1968 loving wife and mother.

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        Men Without Wives

Men Without Wives

Northern Australia, the dirt, the heat, the loneliness, everything about it says that it's man's country. The men 'round these parts are rougher, tougher, and louder than any other men in the country. The women up there are even more so. Ma Bates and her daughters are the only white woman for at least a hundred miles, until now. Men Without Wives is an Australian drama where the landscape is as much a character as the cast themselves. Soaked with local slang and vernacular, this play perfectly showcases life in the Northern Territory in the early 1930s. It captures the people, the problems, the humour and the relationships between men and women, older and younger generations, different races and different ways of life. Life in the North can be tough, but some would rather die than leave it behind.


1st Produced:
Sydney    1938


1st Published:
Playlab Press, Australia   978 1 921390 28 9


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Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  9 + Cast Members

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