This Old Man Comes Rolling Home is a ‘slice of life’ Australian drama set in 1950s Redfern Sydney. Written in a fair dinkum ocker vernacular, the play inhabits the world of the Aussie battler, encompassing values from an Australia that has largely faded away. The narrative follows the fluctuating fortunes of the Dockerty family and the trials and tribulations of inner city life, exploring themes of alcoholism, poverty and love. Pathos and tragedy are ever-present yet the play is immersed in himour, making it a heartfelt and enjoyable experience for all. ‘Hewett’s play champions the fortitude of those whose destinies are often shaped by others’ (Hayes, 2010).
"Be prepared to cry. Be prepared to laugh. Be prepared to hear ‘ockerisms’ that could only resound in 1950s working class Australia. But whatever you do, make sure you get along to ‘This Old Man Comes Rolling Home’". 4.5K
Julia - KRYSTOFF RAW
“Fair crack at a legend of Australian theatre.Well done.”
Peter Burdon - The Advertiser
"This well-developed production offers a satisfying and enriching night of reflection and reminiscing of an era that lives on in the music and memories of the unforgettable characters"
Written by: Dorothy Hewett
Produced by: Adapt Enterprises
Directed by: Ross Vosvotekas
Cast: Cheryl Douglas, Josh Battersby, Emily McMahon, Jarrad Parker, Delia Taylor, Amy Victoria Brooks, Rachael Horbelt, Graham Self, John Dexter, Casey Ellis, Kerry-Anne James and Ross Vosvotekas
Technician: Rod Dermontt
Costumes: Sarah Watson