Pommy (play)

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Written by W. P. Lipscomb
John Watson
Date premiered 1950
Original language English
Genre melodrama
Setting rural Queensland

Pommy is a play.


An Englishman arrives in Australia and works on a station.


The play was written by W. P. Lipscomb and John Watson in the late 1940s. The story was originally written by Watson as a script and sent to Rank.[1] He met Lipscomb, who had never been to Australia in 1948 and the two decided to collaborate.[2][3] Lipscomb later went to Australia to write Bitter Springs.

Peter Finch was originally attached as director for its original English production[4] but eventually pulled out. The cast included Bill Kerr and Ronald Howard and the production ran for six weeks touring through England.[5] It did not come to London.

Despite the play's success in England, author John Watson said there was a reluctance from Australian theatre managements to put on the play in Australia.[6] It was eventually produced in Sydney and Melbourne in 1954.[7][8]


  1. ^ "Wife helped husband write play". The Sun (13,926). New South Wales, Australia. 30 September 1954. p. 47 (LATE FINAL EXTRA). Retrieved 18 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia. 
  2. ^ "Australian Play Bought In U.K." The Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 24 July 1949. p. 3 Supplement: Sunday Times Comics. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Outback For London". The Sunday Herald. Sydney: National Library of Australia. 15 January 1950. p. 6 Supplement: Features. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Australian actor to produce a West End play". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 14 January 1950. p. 36. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Australian play Pommy too raw for overseas". The Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 2 April 1950. p. 14. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  6. ^ "Australian Plays". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 23 May 1953. p. 2. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  7. ^ "Opening Of "Pommy" At The Royal". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 11 October 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "OUTBACK STORY ON STAGE". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 26 November 1954. p. 7. Retrieved 10 January 2013. 

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