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In 1953 Sydney New Theatre put on Reedy River, which had been premiered by Melbourne New Theatre in March 1953. The Sydney production closed on the 30th April, 1954 after a run of nine months. The cast then took the production to many suburban and regional centres.
This production differed from the Melbourne production in having the Bushwhackers, a "bush band" on stage, rather than an orchestra off stage.
Marie Armstrong - a tribute 2021, video recorded by Wayne Richmond
Reedy River 1988 - video recorded by Wayne RichmondReedy River publications in our Library
Reedy River - TRIBUNE Wednesday May19th, 1954
Article in A.M. magazine, January 16, 1954.
Newspaper & magazine clippings
Bob Bolton collection - Report on Reedy River @ NFF2002
My Old Black Billy - movie made by Maritime Union Australia in 1956 with vocals by Bushwhacker Cec Grivas
Reedy River @ the Henry Lawson Festival at Como, Sunday 9th July 2017
Review of Sydney production of Reedy River, Friday 26th February 1954, plus program & costume designs. (Sept 2015)
Website - Reason in Revolt - Source Documents of Australian Radicalism
The Bushwhackers (Some recollections - Chris Kempster, February 2002)
Memories of Reedy River & The Bush Music Club by Silvia Salisbury Talks from BMC's 2012 National Folk Festival Themed Workshop on BMC's First 10 years. (June 2012)