On Our Selection (QTC Brisbane) [Poster]

QTC The Queensland Theatre Company

On Our Selection
The Queensland Theatre Company

ON OUR SELECTION a dramatization from the books of Steele Rudd by Bert Bailey, adapted by George Whaley from November 6 to 21, 1981, at the S.G.I.O. Theatre, Brisbane, for the Queensland Theatre Company. Presented by arrangement with NIDA.

Directed by Peter Duncan; Designed by Graham Maclean; Lighting Design by David Malacari; Musical Director: Philip Robertson^; Stage Managed by Patrick Whelan; Assistant Stage Managed by Toby Simkin (I was also the chook handler) with additional musical and lyrics by Philip Robertson, Peter Duncan and Lloyd Nickson.

STARRING (in order of appearancePeter Kingston (Dave); Neale Brumby (Joe); Eugene Gilfedder (Cranky Jack); Carole Skinner (Mother); Christine O’Connor (Sarah); Peter Noble (Jim Carey / Old Carey); Lyn Moorfoot (Kate); Harold Baigent (Dad); Ken Kennett (Maloney); Glenn Perry (Reverend McPherson / Billy Beanup); Bartholomew John (Sandy Taylor); Christine Jeston (Lily White) and Gaynor Wensley (Mrs White).

Understudy was Patrick Reed.

And for the Queensland Theatre Company:
(collectively over my tenure)

Executive Staff: Alan Edwards, AM MBE (Founding Artistic Director); Joe MacColum / John Krummel OAM / Gregory Gesch (Resident Director); Peter Duncan* (Assistant Director); Arthur Frame AM (Production Manager); Gillian Coar (Executive Officer); Christine WalshKen Kennett OAM (Public Relations & Publicity Officer); June Craw OAM (Finance and Business Officer); Lewis Savage (Ticketing & Subscriptions Officer); Helen Mayes (Clerical Assistant); Lloyd Nickson (Director, Theatre in Education); Richard Magnus (Fundraising Chairman); Diane Leith (Administration) and Susan BonningJennie Lewis (Receptionist).

Production Staff: Graham MacleanJames Ridewood (Resident Designer); Bill ShannonBeverley Hill (Design Assistant); Caroline Gyucha (Scenic Artist); James Henson (Lighting Designer); David Lees (Electrician); Michael WormaldGary CameronPaul ParkinsonDavid Palm (Properties); Howard Steele (Head Carpenter); Des Dougan / Peter Vosiliunas (Carpenter); Cornelis Boogaart* (Apprentice Carpenter); Marie Perry-WatsonLexi WrightJay Mansfield-Askew / Cynthia Bowen (Wardrobe Supervisor); Ken Bushby / Thelma CopeMeredith Fogg / Margaret ReevesDanny Healy / Arlie McGill / Anne Long / Kerry Yates (Wardrobe); Ellen Kennedy / David McCrudden / Kit Oldfield / Patrick Whelan / Kristin Reuter / Jan Levi / Victor Ashelford / Colin Wilson / Barry Melville / Toby Simkin / Brian Barnes / Vito Arena / Peter Reeve± / Sussanne Humphries / Julianne White (Stage Management); Vicki BirchYvette (Capt) O’Brien (Production Secretary); Dawn Grieg (Wardrobe Hire) and Ivan/Gloria Pierce, Gregory Gesch & Derrick George (Photographers).

Representation: Yolande BirdDiana Franklin (London Representative); Michael Menzies / Stuart Thompson (New York Representative) and John Krummel OAM (Sydney Casting & Repertoire Consultant).

S.G.I.O. Theatre Staff: Jim Wright (Manager); Alban RileyDon Fergusson (Assistant Manager); Peter PetrovichRay Calcutt (Head Mechanist); Patrick (Paddy) Teuma / David Malacari (Head Electrician) and Dallas Black / Kay Fifas (Booking Office)

Albert Park Theatre Staff: Wayne McKenna (House Manager); Margo Morris (Box Office)

Associate Artists: Bille Brown AM; Carol Burns; Reginald Cameron OAMIvar Kants; Joe MacColum; Warren Mitchell; James Ridewood, Cliff Simcox; Babette Stephens AM MBE and Geraldine Turner OAM.

QTC Guild: Magda Wollner (Coordinator); Alice BeacroftJoan Chamberlain, Bobbie Glyn Evans, Maureen Fallon, Sonja FarmerBeryl Foote, Neil FulwoodDolores Garland, Elaine Heath, Edna HeathwoodMargaret Hill, Ena Huppert, June Jamieson, Eva Klug, Irene Lefman, Patrick Mellick, Hillary MostenMaureen Mortensen, Barbara Nielsen, Joyce Nixon Smith, Gloria Phillips, Vivienne Reddy, Marea Reed, Melina Reed, Margaret Robinson, Grace Reynolds, June Sheedy, Ann Shevill, Toby SimkinSybil Simpson, Elaine SkinnerAnne Smith and Jess Yeowart (Volunteers)

* Salaries were assisted by a special grant from the Theatre Board of the Australia Council, a statutory body of the Commonwealth Government.
± Services were provided by the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
^ Services were provided courtesy of the Queensland Theatre Orchestra

The Queensland Theatre Company acknowledged the financial assistance of the Queensland State Government and the Commonwealth Government through the Theatre Board of the Australia Council without which the continued operation of the Company would not have been possible. The Queensland Theatre Company was a founding member of CAPPA (Confederation of Australia Professional Performing Arts)


by Bert Bailey
Directed by Peter Duncan

On Our Selection (QTC Brisbane) [Program] CoverOn Our Selection (QTC Brisbane) [Program] credits QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] Alan Edwards letter QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] bios 6 QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] bios 1 QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] bios 2 QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] bios 3 QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] bios 4 QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [program] bios 5 On Our Selection (QTC Brisbane) [Program] author On Our Selection (QTC Brisbane) [Program] staff  On Our Selection (QTC Brisbane) [Program] QTC subscription adOn Our Selection (Brisbane) 1981 Courier Mail QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] article Carole Skinner QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] article Harold Baigent QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] article Bartholomew John QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] review Courier Mail QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] Sunday MailQTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] Protest Arts Cuts Rally QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] Protest Arts Cuts QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [press] Protest Arts Cuts MarchQTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) flyer QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] Moorfoot John QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] Kinngston Jeston QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] Brumby Gilfedder QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] O'Connor Perry QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] Group Booking QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] Gala Opening QTC Show ON OUR SELECTION (1981 QTC) [ad] Now Playing(QTC Brisbane) [1981 Season)

ON OUR SELECTION Book Steele RuddThis became possibly the greatest stage success Australia has known and was adapted into a silent and a sound movie. One of the oldest plays in the Australian cannon, and still it resonates with audiences. This play’s grit, wit and gumption characterise Australia at a particular moment in its history. Set in a shingle hut, on the selection, Darling Downs, soon after federation. Just like the Australians it depicts, the play itself is an embattled story mixing farce, wry humour and realism.

In this four act play, On Our Selection by Steele Rudd follows the trials of Dad Rudd in his fight to beat drought, fire and flood alongside the perpetual struggle against the greedy but influential John Carey. One of Australia’s most loved folk plays, the classic story of the bush battler and his foray into politics will continue to live on in the hearts of Australian’s long into the future.


Dad Rudd is having a tough time on the selection.

Old man Carey is demanding money that he just doesn’t have, but Kate is heading off to Brisbane to bring home the bacon from the big city. If it wasn’t for loveable farmhand Sandy, Kate would have no trouble with leaving, after all the bush life has never been for her.

But with young Jim Carey and Sandy both vowing for her attention, someone has to come off second best. When Sandy and Jim get into a fight, someone is killed – but who is responsible? Will an innocent man be framed for a crime that he did not commit and send the Rudd family into dissent?

With the big election coming up, there’s only one man for the job to look after the blokes on the selections, but will revenge get in the way, and will money and influence prevail or will Dad’s fighting spirit win the hearts and votes of the electorate?


On Our Selection has been produced by Queensland Theatre Company (1981), Melbourne Theatre Company (1982, 1983 and 1991) and Western Australian Theatre Company (1988), and was first performed at the Palace Theatre, Sydney in 1912.

Queensland Theatre Links


Queensland Theatre Company: QTC Golden Years 1970 1988Queensland Theatre Company: QTC Behind the Scenes of the Golden YearsQueensland Theatre Company QTC Who's Who Hall of Fame Golden Years 1970's & 1980sAlan Edwards in MemoriumQTC Tangent Productions from the Queensland Theatre CompanyQueensland Theatre Company QTC TIE Theatre In Education RoadworksSGIO TheatreBrisbane Theatre History 2022Brisbane Theatre Shows DBBrisbane Shakespeare SocietyPuppet PeopleBrisbane Actors CompanyFrame and Kennett PromotionsBrisbane Theatre Restaurants & Dinner TheatreAustralian Theatre Companies

Facebook Visit the official Facebook QTC history site
with thousands of photos & programs.

~ + ★ ☆ {:-)-:}   + ~

TobySimkin.com | Gaylivanting.com | TheatreInChina.com
Biography | Portfolio | Blog | Consulting | Theatre History | ObituariesContact
Facebook #PreservingHistory1ShowAtATime