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Popular Front by Errol O'Neill



THEMES: Queensland labour history, Politics, Inequality
LENGTH: 90 Minutes

Sweeping across the turbulent times from 1930 to 1950, Popular Front is a critical celebration of the labour movement.


Errol O’Neill‘s Popular Front is one of five plays dealing with the history of the Queensland labour movement. The other plays include Playlab Theatre’s New Vintage publication On the Whipping Side and Faces in the Street.


Popular Front is about two decades of Queensland’s political history (1930-1950), including the story of Fred Paterson, the first and only member of the Communist Party to be elected to a parliament in Australia.


Popular Front was first produced at Brisbane Repertory’s La Boite Theatre on April 2nd 1986 under the direction of Therese Collie with original music composed by Donald Hall.

ISBN: 978 1 922424 18 1

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