In a tiny country town in northwest Victoria in 1955, the year before the introduction of television, a troupe of vaudeville artists arrive to give a concert. Their impact on each other - and the inhabitants of the town - over a single 24-hour period 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 malicious yet oddly innocent rabbiter, the pale Englishwoman saxophonist, the weeping middle-aged soprano, and the enigmatic, endlessly scribbling compere, for whom this town may be the last curtain call. Each has their own story, and their own particular revelation in the course of this lyrical - and at times blackly comic - work.
- Publication Date:
- 01 / 02 / 2000
- 125 x 197mm