– An Australian Song Cycle –
Words and Music: Lorraine Milne
“Spotlighting the experiences and achievements
of ordinary and extraordinary Australian women
in historical and contemporary settings”
In a 1930s film of The Threepenny Opera, when Mack the Knife has to leave town in a hurry, he gathers his gang and says: “Boys, while I’m away, Pollie’s in charge.” One quips back:
“But boss, she’s not the right man for the job!”
What a line! It became the genesis of Maiden Voyage – and A Woman Is Not the Right Man, the first song to be written, eventually became the ninth song in the cycle.
The focus then shifted to spotlighting the experiences and achievements of ordinary and extraordinary Australian women in historical and contemporary settings.
The stories woven through Maiden Voyage embrace convict ships and prostitutes, free settlers, currency born, the fight for female suffrage, English migration between the two world wars, survival in the outback, the cultural drain, the Vietnam war, GDP and what is valued and finally a celebration of the legacy of these extraordinary women, many of whom were not recognised for their achievements in their lifetimes.
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