Damage: A Collection of Plays -- Jonah / The Floating World / The Lost Weekend / Top End
1 Jan 2010
This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: Jonah, a Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name; Top End, a political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, and Lost Weekend which takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'. They are published together with his best-known play, The Floating World, the story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan. Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.