By Louis Nowra. Brisbane Arts Theatre. Director: Susan O’Toole Cridland. 4 February – 3 March, 2012
An unwieldy play structure diminishes the impact of this touching ‘memory’ play.
Set against the big events of 1962 (Cold War, Cuban Missiles crisis, Snowy Mountains Scheme, flying saucers and aliens) Nowra cobbles together his own angst as he moves from childhood to adulthood.
Originally written as a radio play,it had over 20 scenes and a large cast. That success inspired Nowra to adapt it for the stage. However, the retained radio play structure is cumbersome, episodic and difficult to pull off.