All My Love

The story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore’s lost love makes its world premiere at The Joan

Their lives could have been written so differently: the story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore’s lost love makes its world premiere at The Joan in July 2015.

Still revered across Australia, Henry Lawson is one of the nation’s favourite writers and poets. His contemporary, Mary Gilmore, was a literary icon and radical socialist. Both had enormous influence over each other. Both were heroes of literature. Both were later the face of Australia’s currency.

Both were secretly betrothed to each other.

At the end of the 19th Century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother, the suffragette Louise Lawson.

What followed was the beginning of a love affair, soon thwarted by a devastating deception.

After researching Mary Gilmore’s memoirs, writer Anne Brooksbank first uncovered the tale of loving promises between two of Australia’s most famous writers. Taken from excerpts from the couple’s surviving letters, this is the first time Henry and Mary’s forbidden relationship has been brought to the professional stage.

Duration: Approximately 120 minutes + interval

SINGLE TICKETS $45 ADULT / $40 CONCESSION

OR

PUT THIS IN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PACK TO SAVE BETWEEN $5-$15 PER TICKET!


SCHOOLS

TICKETS $18 STUDENT / 1 TEACHER FREE PER 10 STUDENT TICKETS PURCHASED

MATINEE CLUB

Tickets $30 Seniors for 11am Tuesday 21 July

Director: Denny Lawrence
Writer: Anne Brooksbank
Producer/Artistic Director: Christine Harris
Design: Jacob Battista
Sound Design: Chris Hubbard Sound Design

Mary Gilmore: Kim Denman
Henry Lawson: Dion Mills

  • Friday, Jul 17 2015 8:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 18 2015 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 18 2015 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, Jul 21 2015 11:00am (schools & matinee club)

Their lives could have been written so differently: the story of Henry Lawson and Mary Gilmore’s lost love makes its world premiere at The Joan in July 2015.

Still revered across Australia, Henry Lawson is one of the nation’s favourite writers and poets. His contemporary, Mary Gilmore, was a literary icon and radical socialist. Both had enormous influence over each other. Both were heroes of literature. Both were later the face of Australia’s currency.

Both were secretly betrothed to each other.

At the end of the 19th Century, Mary Gilmore was introduced to the young Henry Lawson. As their friendship developed, Mary found herself caught in the midst of an intense relationship between Henry and his formidable mother, the suffragette Louise Lawson.

What followed was the beginning of a love affair, soon thwarted by a devastating deception.

After researching Mary Gilmore’s memoirs, writer Anne Brooksbank first uncovered the tale of loving promises between two of Australia’s most famous writers. Taken from excerpts from the couple’s surviving letters, this is the first time Henry and Mary’s forbidden relationship has been brought to the professional stage.

Duration: Approximately 120 minutes + interval

SINGLE TICKETS $45 ADULT / $40 CONCESSION

OR

PUT THIS IN YOUR SUBSCRIPTION PACK TO SAVE BETWEEN $5-$15 PER TICKET!


SCHOOLS

TICKETS $18 STUDENT / 1 TEACHER FREE PER 10 STUDENT TICKETS PURCHASED

MATINEE CLUB

Tickets $30 Seniors for 11am Tuesday 21 July

Director: Denny Lawrence
Writer: Anne Brooksbank
Producer/Artistic Director: Christine Harris
Design: Jacob Battista
Sound Design: Chris Hubbard Sound Design

Mary Gilmore: Kim Denman
Henry Lawson: Dion Mills

From the Schools Coordinator: The tale of the secret betrothal of famed writer and poet Henry Lawson to activist and author Mary Gilmore paints a vivid picture of Australia at the turn of the 20th Century and the society that conspired to thwart their romance. Students of English, History and Drama will be enthralled by Henry and Mary’s story – based on their real surviving letters – as it is told for the first time on stage at the Q.

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