Play-Readings

One of the highlights of the Bali Conference is the Play-Reading presented by "the Bali Players" under the direction of the indefatigable Rex Wild QC, who carries out the multiple roles of producer, director, narrator, script editor, dramaturg, stage manager, props master, dresser, prompt, best boy... and legal advisor.

For the most part, the script is taken from transcript of famous cases, be they from the Territory (Tuckiar, Chamberlain) or beyond (Bentley, Ned Kelly), edited to illustrate points of principle, and, on several occasions, notorious miscarriages of justice. 

The cast is drawn from the ranks of conference delegates.  Curiously, none of the performers has ever been criticised for under-playing their part. 

2017 PLAY

Kerr[Un]Certain [Verbal] Admissions: the trials of John Bryan Kerr Supreme Court Victoria April - September 1950

pdfIntroduction

pdfScript

Music composed and arranged by Martin Fisher

 

 

 

2015 PLAY

McDermottThe Shearer’s Tale: Murder and Injustice in the Australian bush -

The trial of Frederick Lincoln McDermott

pdfIntroduction

pdfScript

 

 

 

 

 

 2013 PLAY

The Murder in Gun Alley – The Wrongful Conviction of Colin Ross

  • 01The-Court
  • 02Call-The-King-v-Colin-Campbell-Eadie-Ross
  • 03The-Accused
  • 04The-Crown
  • 05Maxwell
  • 06Brennan
  • 07MollisonEdmonds
  • 08Young
  • 09Upton-et-al
  • 10Matthews
  • 11Harding
  • 12Schutt
  • 13Piggott
  • 14Price
  • 16Ross
  • 15Ross
  • 17Wain
  • 18Robertson
  • 19The-Jury
  • 20Verdict
  • 21I-am-innocent
  • 22Black-Cap
  • 23Ghost
  • 24Director
  • Schutt J: "Call the case, Madam Orderly."
  • Orderly: "Call The King v Colin Campbell Eadie Ross."
  • Ross: "Not Guilty"
  • Crown Proecutor Hugh Macindoe: "I appear before you in a very sad case"
  • Counsel for the Accused George Maxwell
  • Junior Counsel for the Accused Thomas Brennan
  • Dr Mollison (Government Pathologist) and Blanche Edmonds wait to give evidence
  • May Young: "She looked over her shoulder twice and appeared nervous"
  • Olive Maddox and Francis Upton wait to give evidence
  • Ivy Matthews: "I accused him of being involved in the murder"
  • Sydney Harding: "He choked her"
  • Schutt J: "You must answer the questions."
  • Officer Piggott: "I was the Officer in Charge of the investigation of the murder of Alma Tirtschke."
  • Charles Price (Govt. Scientist): "I knew nothing about the subject beforehand"
  • Maxwell: "Mr Ross, did you murder Alma Tirtschke?"
  • Colin Ross: "No, that is all lies."
  • Gladys Wain contemplates her evidence for the Accused
  • James Robertson ([live] Hair Expert): "the hairs recovered in the brown grey blanket could not have come from the deceased"
  • The jury deliberates
  • Foreman: "Guilty."
  • Ross: "I am innocent Your Honour"
  • Schutt J: "And may God have mercy on your soul."
  • The ghost of Colin Ross: "I am ready now to face the highest Court of Appeal, where there is no law – but justice."
  • Rex Wild QC: Author, Producer & Director

pdfIntroduction

pdfScript

pdfPlayers

2011 PLAY

Extremes in Justice – the Territory inquisitions into the death of Azaria Chantelle Loren Chamberlain (and the presumption of innocence)

pdfProgram and Introduction

pdfScript

2009 PLAY

Serving it up in court – volleys, lobs & smashes.

pdfProgram and Introduction

2007 PLAY

The Dock Brief

pdfProgram and Introduction

2005 PLAY

The Rupert Maxwell Stuart case: a shining moment in Australian Legal history (R v Stuart) South Australia, April 1959

pdfProgram and Introduction

pdfScript

2003 PLAY

A Matter of profound regret – William Bentley's birthright to a fair trial (R v Derek William Bentley & Christopher Craig)

pdfProgram and Introduction

pdfScript

2001 PLAY

Eureka Trials: The resilience of the jury system: serving the community

pdfProgram and Introduction

pdfScript

1999 PLAY

Tuckiar: a fair trial: interpreters and the right to a defence and the right to understand

pdfProgram and Introduction

1997 PLAY

Ned Kelly: The benefit of Counsel

pdfIntroduction (Paper)

pdfList of Players

1995 PLAY

The Popish Plots: Golden threads, golden silences and silver tongues: the right to a fair trial.

pdfIntroduction

 

 

 

 

 

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