Katherine Thomson

(1797—1862) historian and novelist

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Actor and playwright, was a founding member of Wollongong's Theatre South and began her work in the theatre with the Australian Theatre for Young People in 1969. Her plays include ‘A Change in the Weather’ (1982), ‘Tonight We Anchor in Twofold Bay’ (1986), ‘A Sporting Chance’ (1987), ‘Darlinghurst Nights’ (1988), Diving for Pearls (produced 1991, published 1992) and Barmaids (produced 1991, published 1992, and winner of an Awgie the same year). ‘Darlinghurst Nights’, a nostalgic musical, draws on ‘Five Bells’ and other poems by Kenneth Slessor; ‘A Change in the Weather’, based on the stories of women at work in Wollongong, was subsequently produced as a film; ‘A Sporting Chance’, commissioned by Magpie at the State Theatre Company of SA, is a play for young people; Barmaids explores the humour, pathos and cruelty of public house life; Diving for Pearls, set in ‘A coastal industrial city in contemporary Australia’, focuses on the experiences of two ordinary people overtaken by change.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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