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'I was more “dinkum” than had been anticipated': Noël Coward’s 1940 Tour of Australia, Waving the Wartime Flag for Britain

Wallace, Christine


On the afternoon of November 17 1940, a gay white English thespian 13,000 miles from home, with a pianist he had engaged at Romano’s nightclub at 2 o’clock that morning before taking three aspirin and going to bed, faced hundreds of testosterone-soaked Australian soldiers at the Ingleburn Army Camp south of Sydney.1 After three songs the pianist staggered off stage, ill, upon which the entertainer, then one of Britain’s most successful playwrights and actors, and a celebrity throughout the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-07-04
Type: Conference paper
Book Title: Modern British Studies Conference, University of Birmingham, 4 July 2019
Access Rights: Open Access


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