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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150 hat titlePhil Aughey is the progenitor of The Anvil Creek Theatre Company (ACT) starting it off in 1990's at Branxton NSW in amongst farming, animal husbandry, crop management, playwriting and raising his son Alex.

The ACT has performed “The Exchange” in pubs, clubs theatres, schools and caravan parks around and about the outback of Australia, bringing some culture directly to the folk who live far from the culturally indulgent cities. Although cities have had performances, it’s in the bush where the company focuses its attention, recognising and filling the performance space other companies find all too difficult to work in. The idea of a pub dinner, a play and a few beers is very appealing to people generally starved of good, high quality acting groups. Something different from tv and movies. The theatre of the absurd meets the outback.

The Exchange was the only production by the company for many years until Phil began to work on, and complete his latest work, “Chopin’s Last Tour” (CLT).

Based on the last years of this enchanting composer, CLT, comprises excerpts from Chopin’s works of the time and dialogue that weave together the engrossing story of the genius composer, Chopin.

A more intimate performance that requires a small theatre and a tuned piano, CLT was written because Phil wanted to share his great enjoyment he gets from playing Chopin’s works and the emotional changes as his life unfurls, bringing that to his audience.

CLT has been performed in Newcastle NSW and The Edinburg Fringe Festival in Scotland with many performances planned for the future.