Shipwreck: A Drama in Four Acts

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Title

Shipwreck: A Drama in Four Acts

Subject

Bush Life
Crime

Description

Length: Four Acts: Six Scenes
Synopsis: The play is set on the lonely Gippsland coast in the late 19th century. Stumpy Johnson lives by the old Cornish trick of luring ships to destruction and collecting and selling the flotsam and jetsam. Martha Kennedy forces her daughter Madge to become Johnson’s second wife. The police catch up with Johnson and he goes to gaol. During his absence his son by his first marriage and Madge fall in love and live together. A child is born. Johnson is released before his full sentence is served, returns and in his vengence kills the baby, shoots his son and chains Madge to the wall of the house. He whips the bullocks with a barb wire lash which flies back and tears his eyes, the bullocks stampede and rush over him and he staggers back to the house, but of course Madge cannot help him, and wouldn't. He dies and Madge is rescued by a passing coastal vessel which calls in, and Johnson’s corpse is taken on board to be tipped over the side when the vessel is at sea.
Setting:
I.i Stumpy's bar-room. A stormy night in winter.
I.ii The same. Two months later.
II On a cliff. Three days later.
III A kitchen and living room. About a year later.
IV.i The same. Three days later.
IV.ii The same. Evening of the same day.
Characters:
"STUMPY" JOHNSON, a shanty-keeper
TOM, his son, a cattleman
CARL, an old Finnish sailor
BEN, his young mate, a sailor
SERGEANT GREGORY
MARTHA KENNEDY
MADGE, her daughter

Creator

Esson, Louis

Source

NUNE: Campbell Howard Collection. [Three different versions of this play are held in the Campbell Howard Collection]. ANL holds a collection of Louis Esson papers, MS 3185, and Esson playscripts in the British Drama League (Australia) manuscript collection, MS 5579.

Publisher

Australian Drama 1920-1955, Department of Continuing Education, University of New England, Armidale, 1986

Date

1928 ca

Contributor

University of New England Library, New South Wales, Australia

Rights

No known copyright restrictions

Relation

NUNE: Campbell Howard Collection

Format

PDF 6.88MB

Language

en

Type

Text

Identifier

esson-shipwreck-a4.pdf

Coverage

Australia; 1920-1955

Collection

Citation

Esson, Louis, “Shipwreck: A Drama in Four Acts,” Campbell Howard Project, accessed April 21, 2024, https://campbell-howard-collection.une.edu.au/items/show/1.