Suitable for amateur to fully professional companies
time: 2 hours approx. Plus interval
and Duncan McKenzie arrive in the ‘new country’ as Jackie
O’Fea brings news of gold discoveries. Leaving his family for the
diggings, Duncan seizes his chance for freedom from the slavery of the
19th century working class life but his dreams are dashed as tragedy strikes.
Duncan’s close friend Nathan Hall is drowned in a massive flood
and Jackie O’Fea, a trusted friend, shows his true colours. The
widow Millie Hall is assaulted by O’Fea and with the threat of harm
to her baby she is powerless.
With danger at every turn, luck proves to be no friend to Duncan McKenzie. Dan Nolan is murdered by O’Fea’s henchmen after a card game. Wrongfully accused Duncan faces the gallows. It is only now he sees that no amount of gold could replace the love of his family. After a macabre trial and Sarah’s desperate plea for clemency Duncan is hanged.
Sarah visits the camp for answers and finds that rough justice can be as swift and ferocious as the mighty swollen Arrow river.
-David John - Book and Lyrics
Settling in Arrowtown in 1979, he began to establish his reputation not only as an artist and writer, but also as a playwright and actor. He has written and directed three plays and a musical for community theatre and has gained theatre experience with drama groups and theatre-sport.
Lynch - Composer (1948 - 2008)