To Kill a Cassowary

by Laurie Ross Trott

One hard-headed bloke, one hard-hearted daughter in a battle for the future.



Laurie Ross Trott‘s To Kill a Cassowary is a comedy about inheritance and legacy, ageism and ambition, and the importance of looking after relationships, including the one that people have with the land.


Retired bulldozer driver Amos Hardy is crook. He desperately wants to protect his precious rainforest block, his ‘atonement’, on the shores of Floriade Bay, gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, from developers. Leading the charge is his estranged daughter Paula. She cannot see the natural value and beauty of the place for the potential dollar signs reflecting off the glistening waters of the Coral Sea. She wants to clear the land and build a high-end gambling tourist resort. But first she has to get it. Over Amos’ dead body!


To Kill A Cassowary was first produced by JUTE Theatre Company at Bulmba-ja Arts Centre, Cairns, on Friday, March 13, 2020.

ISBN: 978 1922424 36 5

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