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Albury Wodonga Theatre Company

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South Albury, NSW 2640

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THE SUNDAY PEOPLE

130pm Matinee & 730pm Evening

Friday 27th October 2017

It was 1969 when Alex Nicol first opened the microphone to announce, “This is All Ways On Sunday.” Very few people would have heard him. ABC regional audiences on Sunday morning were miniscule.

A year later the three and a half hour program was essential listening for tens of thousands in all parts of the country and its audience continued to grow. Driven by a network of reporters all around Australia and, increasingly by listeners, it had tapped into a rich mine of stories about us.

It was just in time to hear the voices of the last of the First World War Soldier Settlers; the man who made the first road in the Northern Territory; the last real Cobb and Co driver: there was even a tenuous connection with the days of the bushranger mobs. It was our history being told by the people who made it.

But even by the standards of the day it was woefully under resourced. Alex was producer, presenter, researcher and editor in charge of a dozen cans of recording tape and a budget of $50 a week. None of those stories survived except in his memory.

Now, almost 50 years later he’s written and performs The Sunday People, a one and a half hour show that recalls ,’some that have grown with the telling over the years, others barely remembered.

Alex’s writing credits include the Wal Cherry Award, The London International Playwriting Award, Royal Exchange Theatre Manchester Play writing Award and his plays have received productions in London, New York, Melbourne and Sydney.

(Did you Know? All Ways On Sunday was, for a number of years, presented from the ABC’s Albury Studio!)

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