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Term of His Natural Life

by Marcus Clarke

Adapted by Roger Gimblett

Directed by Roger Gimblett

Marcus Clarke's epic adventure begins Saturday 8th May, 2004 at the Genesian Theatre,

Mark Twain himself deemed Marcus Clarke's powerful story of the horrors and degradation of the penal system "brilliant and fascinating". As dramatic as A Tale of Two Cities or Wuthering Heights, this classic adventure tale is brought to life in a world premiere adaptation opening on 8th May 2004.

When the secret of his true parentage is revealed, young aristocrat Richard Devine is disinherited and driven from his London home. He is subsequently arrested after being falsely accused of a robbery and murder. Assuming the name "Rufus Dawes", he is banished to an unforgiving Australian prison for a life sentence. Gradually, he evolves into a tough, self-sufficient convict, surviving brutal clashes with fellow prisoners and his jailers - including the cruel Lt. Maurice Frere - and building a friendship and with the troubled Reverend North. "Dawes'" last hope for vindication is his great love for Sylvia, daughter of prison Commandant, Major Vickers.

That hope is put to the ultimate challenge by her own dark secrets, as well as one final, stunning betrayal you won't see coming! Australia's greatest historical novel, For the Term of His Natural Life is also an unforgettable testament to the power of the human mind and heart.

Cast and Crew:

Rufus Dawes: Myles Ward Thornton
Sir Richard: Darrell Hoffman
Lady Elleanor: Susan Wareham
Lord Bellasis: Graham Swan
Mogford: Peter Maple
Jack: Emmanuel Said
Judge: Tim Bennett
Mrs Vickers: Gaye Bell
Frere: Roger Gimblett
Capt Vickers: Michael Long
Capt Blunt: Graham Swan
Sarah: Loretta Tolnai
Gabbett: Greg Walsh
Crow: Dan Jackson
Moocher: Emmanuel Said
Sentry (Miles): Peter Maple
Sylvia: Masaya Arellano
Mrs Jellicoe: Susan Wareham
Mrs Protherick: Shane Bates
Rev Meekin: Tim Bennett
Clerk of Court: Peter Maple
Solicitor: Emmanuel Said
Judge 2: Darrell Hoffman
North: Paul Miskimmon
Dr Mackelwain: Greg Walsh
Kirkland: Peter Maple
Burgess: Graham Swan
Troke: Dan Jackson

DIRECTOR: Roger Gimblett
ASSOCIATE: Joyce Birch
COSTUME: Susan Carveth and Lissa Knight
SET DESIGN: Owen Gimblett
LIGHTING AND SOUND DESIGN: Michael Schell
STAGE MANAGER: George J Wright