15 Nov 2015

Playwright Bruce Mason's theatrical legacy remembered

From Standing Room Only, 12:50 pm on 15 November 2015
The Plays of Bruce Mason

The Plays of Bruce Mason Photo: supplied

The late Bruce Mason was one of the pioneers of the era of professional theatre in this country. He wrote, performed and toured his plays - here and overseas - as well as being a fearless theatre reviewer.

Now an unknown Mason TV script has been unearthed during research for a book about the playwright's large body of work over 50 years.

John Smythe and Bruce's daughter Belinda Robinson discovered the short allegorical play as they went through his papers - which also revealed a personal secret. Bruce is probably best known for his solo play End of the Golden Weather which he performed around the country and which was turned into a feature film.

But The Plays of Bruce Mason reminds us just how many plays he wrote and how well he portrayed this country's people and issues.