Not only that, young Johnny Dowd is the new cane cutting “gun”. Dowd and the gang decide to head to Mildura in the off season and Roo won’t go and Barney decides to stay with Roo as they are mates. Roo reluctantly accepts this. Olive leaves in a drunken state.
The final scene is extremely emotional as Barney puts his hand on Roo’s broad shoulders; the men look into each other’s eyes and walk out of the house together. Several of our Group shed a tear at this stage & some others were very touched by the ending – including the convenor !!
Our next reading is “Winter Glory” by Peter Cloke. This play is one in a series involving the redoubtable quartet of Dame Beatrice and her lodgers - Nan, Hattie and the Brigadier - who feature in earlier comedies by Cloke. This play may well be the last in the series because, in an unfortunate slip-up in the quartet’s scheme to put a pathetic pet out of its misery & to help an ageing actress fade away at a peak of happiness, they dispatch themselves heavenwards as well.
Another fun play for our Group