Third World Blues

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Third World Blues - Sate Theatre Company of South Australia 2001

by David Williamson

Juggler's Three is an Australian play by David Williamson. It was based on the breakup of his first marriage, when he left his pregnant wife for a woman who left her husband. The play was originally titled Third World Blues but the MTC requested this be changed to Juggler's Three. 

The play was commissioned by John Sumner of the Melbourne Theatre Company in mid 1971. Williamson submitted a storyline called Return from Vietname about a conscript, Graham, who discovers his wife, Karen, has left him for an economist, Neville.The first production was very well reviewed and later transferred from Russell St Theatre to Harry M. Miller's Melbourne Playbox Theatre, which was rare for Australian plays at the time

Williamson later called the play "a hysterical and unresearched piece of melodramatical nonsense." Williamson later reworked the play again in 1996 as Third World Blues. This was done at the behest of Wayne Harrison, the director, who was an admirer of the original play. There had been a well publicised conflict between Harrison and Williamson over the staging of Heretic but they reunited for this play.

Williamson rewrote the play after researching by talking to Vietnam veterans and counsellors saying "I slowly started to realise just how traumatic war and combat is for most participants." He also made key structural changes saying "the original was virtually in farce form - there was something like 39 entrances and exits. It's down to 19 now, which structurally makes it half as farcical as before."

Third World Blues Sate Theatre Company of South Australia - Paul Blackwell, Michaela Cantwell, Patrick Duggin, Steve Greig, Justin Moore, Holly Myers, Rory Walker

Director - Catherine Fitzgerald
Designer - Dean Hills
Lighting - Mark Shelton
Stage Manager - Victoria Lamb

Playbill / Program Date  Feb 2001 - TXU Playhouse

Size 145 x 210 mm 

Condition: Used Good 8/10  

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