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This Old Man Comes Rolling Home by Dorothy Hewett


Tue 15 May 2018, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Wed 16 May 2018, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Thu 17 May 2018, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Fri 18 May 2018, 7:30pm–10:00pm
Sat 19 May 2018, 6:00pm–8:30pm

Where: National Institute of Dramatic Art, 215 Anzac Parade, Kensington, New South Wales

Restrictions: 15+

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $30.00
  • Arc Member: $25.00
  • NUTS Member: $20.00
  • Additional fees may apply

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“We breed like sparrows an’ we die like sparrows. We never end. We jus’ come up out of the dark little houses to sit among the chimney pots flappin’ our wings and twitterin’ for the stars.”

Dorothy Hewett’s ‘This Old Man Comes Rolling Home’ is a haunting, poetic portrayal of working class family life in Cold War Sydney. Capturing the spirit and political character of 1950s Redfern, this tender story treats the often-miserable lives of its characters with warmth and humour.

The Dockerty family are on the verge of drowning. The matriarch of the family, Laurie, was once the most beautiful girl in Bundaberg. But after falling pregnant to the charming Tom, she was forced to marry out of necessity. Now 30 years later, their son Lan and his girlfriend Edie have made the exact same mistake—and tensions arise between the optimistic youngsters and their world-weary parents.

The New South Wales University Theatrical Society (NUTS) is thrilled to be bringing to life the first play by "one of Australia's best-loved and most respected writers" Dorothy Hewett, for our 2018 Major Production in a week long run at NIDA.

Running time approx. 150 minutes including 30 minute intermission

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