A troupe of vaudeville artists arrives in a tiny country town in north-west Victoria. It is 1955, the year before the introduction of television. Their impact on each other - and the inhabitants of the town - over a single day of almost continuous rain, reveals exhausted hopes, secret dreams, plots of betrayal and anarchic optimism.
'Stormy Weather' demonstrates Michael Meehan's inspired rapport with the Australian landscape and the characters who cling to its remote areas - characters as diverse as the subversive rabbiter, the pale English girl with her saxophone, the weeping soprano, and the enigmatic, endlessly scribbling compere, for whom this town may be the last curtain call. They all have their stories, and their revelations, in the course of this lyrical - and at times blackly comic - work.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 08 / 2000
- 140 x 109mm