It’s Pygmalion and Educating Rita Down Under. In 1975, the Communists captured Saigon. A family of six flee, with their youngest, Thanh, aged two. It’s a terrifying escape on a tiny boat overloaded with desperate refugees. In Melbourne, Australia, English Literature teacher, David, introduces Shakespeare using the wit of Groucho Marx. David retires and hits a brick wall. Broke and alone, he rents a shoebox in Footscray surrounded by Vietnamese immigrants. His neighbour is the now 25-year-old Thanh who escaped decades ago. She only speaks Vietnamese. He offers to teach her English, or rather Elizabethan English, the language of Shakespeare. She rattles off verily, forsooth and skimble-skamble, my Lord. Their relationship develops. Has the young Vietnamese woman fallen for her senior Aussie teacher? With weird and wonderful family members interfering, can Thanh succeed? Will her love for David bring happiness? And will The Bard ever get the same recognition as Groucho Marx?
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About the Author
His interest in Sherlock Holmes involves writing three plays (all of which have been recorded as radio plays), five children's books, and presenting his one-man show G'day Sherlock to some 20,000 people.
His one-woman play about the private life of Charles Dickens - Aunt Georgy - played to outstanding reviews and has since been filmed.
He wrote and performed the play Saucy Pat, the life and times of Patrick Bronte, father of the famous writers. His novel Cassocked Savage is based on that play.
His latest stage shows include Stage Mothers, about mothers who place their toddler in talent quests, and a play about obesity, Death By Eating. His novels include the theatrical thriller, A Plum Job, the life of Patrick Bronte in Cassocked Savage, and the medical thriller Tricky Conscience.
His work can be found on-line at foxplays.com.