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Chopin's Last Tour

Welcome to the book launch of Phil's latest book, The Red Dust.

the red dustMy childhood was spent on my parent’s property, west of Griffith on the edge of the Hay plain. This property was one of sixty that were a part of a soldier settlement scheme. It is dated during the 1960s.

In 65 and 66 there was a severe drought. “The Red Dust’ tells the story of the community during this dry time.

Although the novel tackles such issues as isolation, education, distance, social structure, first nation people and the aftermath of WW2 on the settlers, the novel
obsessively deals with the women who followed their husbands into this hash environment.

Marg Stirling, the main character, has difficulty finding her place in this land that offered her little. The story follows her realisation and acceptance of her lot in this
very tough land.

In this novel I have tried to capture the spirit of the outback. It’s extremes, it’s unpredictability, the constant battle to survive but most importantly it’s great peace
and beauty. It is a description of the uniqueness of this land and its effect upon the inhabitants.

It has been written as homage to my parents and the community we were a part of. 

by author Phil Aughey


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The ideal space in which to perform this Chopin piece would be intimate and seat between 50 to 120. The size of the stage does not matter.
Must have a piano, upright is better but a grand all right. Plus an ornate chair that can pass for 1848.

Technically it is very simple. There are pre recorded sound cues. These occur at the beginning and the end. Lighting stays constant till the end when it fades to nothing.

Small to medium sized theatre or hall is right.
Show goes for 50 minutes, no intermission.
Open to all audiences, although the normal is older than I.


It is now a bit of a tradition that when I play the piano in public I play for a charity. Thus worthwhile charities are welcome to make the production a fund raiser for their organisation. Charities that have so far benefited from "Chopin" performances are -


PDSA in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Hunter womens Centre

Hunter Women's Centre Newcastle

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Can do for Kids - Adelaide