Peter Yeldham's Reunion Day: An Anzac Day Play on British Television

Susan Lever

Abstract


Though a few naturalist plays from the 1950s and 1960s are acknowledged in Australian drama history, the plays written for television by Australians who went to Britain and America have disappeared from consideration. This article discusses one of them, Peter Yeldham's Reunion Day as an example of the naturalism current in British television in the early 1960s. It discusses the play's deliberate restraint and depiction of 'ordinary' people. It also places the play in the context of other Australian plays that use Anzac Day or the veteran's reunion as subject matter. A copy of the screenplay is appended.

Keywords


Peter Yeldham; Alan Seymour; Sumner Locke Elliott; Ray Lawler; naturalism; Second World War

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