Event The Ham Funeral
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Venue Union Hall, Adelaide, SA
First Date 15 November 1961
Opening Date 15 November 1961
Last Date 25 November 1961
Dates Estimated No
Status Amateur
World Premiere Yes
Description The world premiere of The Ham Funeral, a play suggested to White by William Dobell's portrait The Dead Landlord. Ten performances.
Description Source Programme
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Drama
Subjects Australian National Identity
Name Function Notes
John Adams Actor Young Man
Brian Bergin Actor Fourth Relative
Joan Bruce Actor Landlady
Hedley Cullen Actor Landlord
Anne Dibden Actor Girl
Tony Georgeson Actor Third Relative
Pat Griffith Actor First lady
Dennis Olsen Actor First Relative
Don Porter Actor Second Relative
Kathleen Steele-Scott Actor Second lady
Reg Bennett Assistant Lighting Designer
Elizabeth Butcher Assistant Stage Manager
Jack Cartmell Assistant Stage Manager
Joan McAllister Assistant Stage Manager
Harry Medlin Assistant Stage Manager
Jeff Scott Assistant Stage Manager
Andrew Taylor Assistant Stage Manager
Jeremy Wesley-Smith Composer
Stan Ostoja-Kotkowski Designer
John Tasker Director
Geoffrey Ward Lighting Designer
Pat Grummet Make-up Artist
Phil Grummet Make-up Artist
Max Neill Musician
Michael Pryce Musician
Max Thomas Musician
Jerry Wesley-Smith Musician
Patrick White Playwright
Michael Schneider Publicist
Rosalind Barker Set and/or Property Maker
Jack Cartmell Set and/or Property Maker
Betty Martin Set and/or Property Maker
Diana Medlin Set and/or Property Maker
Harry Medlin Set and/or Property Maker
Bert Ratcliffe Set and/or Property Maker
Alex Sadlo Set and/or Property Maker
Jeff Scott Set and/or Property Maker
Kathleen Steele-Scott Set and/or Property Maker
Don McCoy Sound Designer
Gordon Beatty Stage Manager
Patricia Elliott Wardrobe Master / Mistress
Betty Johnson Wardrobe Master / Mistress
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information "The ham used has kindly been provided by W. Jacobs Limited" Programme Note
Data Source
Source Description
Programme Dennis Wolanski Library collection at UNSW Library
Book Australian Drama Productions 1950 - 1969, Fryer Memorial Library, Occasional Publication No. 4
AusStage Submit Form
Book John McCallum, Belonging: Australian Playwriting in the 20th Century, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2009
Book Currency Press "Companion to the Theatre in Australia."
Event Identifier 14761