A GOOD YARN

 

By

Allen Lyne

1990 Allen Lyne

8 Redgate Court

Moana Heights

South Australia 5169

Ph (08) 8 327 4142

A GOOD YARN IS A PLAY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF LOBETHAL

AND ESPECIALLY ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE ONKAPARINGA

WOOLLEN MILL WHICH HAS BEEN CENTRAL TO THE

DEVELOPMENT OF THE TOWN.

 

THE PLAY WAS DEVELOPED FROM RESEARCH WRITTEN AND ORAL

WHICH WAS CONDUCTED OVER A SIXTEEN WEEK PERIOD FROM

JULY 2 1990. TAPES AND TRANSCRIPTS FROM THE ORAL HISTORY

RESEARCH HAVE BEEN LODGED WITH THE ORAL HISTORY

COLLECTION OF THE MORTLOCK LIBRARY OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA.

 

TWENTY SIX ACTORS TOOK PART IN THE ORIGINAL PRODUCTION

AND ALL, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE AUTHOR WHO APPEARED

IN TWO VERY SMALL ROLES AND THE PRODUCTION MANAGER,

WERE LOCAL HILLS ACTORS. SEVERAL WERE FROM THE TOWN OF

LOBETHAL AS WAS MOST OF THE PRODUCTION TEAM.

 

TWO BANDS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF ANDREW RICHARDSON, A

VICTORIAN MUSICIAN, SUPPLIED THE WONDERFULLY VARIED MUSICAL

SUPPORT. THESE WERE THE ONKAPARINGA VALLEY BAND WHICH IS

LOCATED IN LOBETHAL AND A ROCK AND ROLL BAND ESPECIALLY

FORMED FOR THE PROJECT FROM OAKBANK AREA HIGH SCHOOL.

 

CENTENNIAL HALL LOBETHAL WAS THE VENUE AND THIS OLD CINEMA

WAS TRANSFORMED INTO A LIVE VENUE FOR THE PERFORMANCE

SEASON. THE PRODUCTION TEAM BUILT TWO ROSTRA LEVELS OUT

FROM THE STAGE AND THE FOREFRONT OF THE STAGE WAS USED

AS WELL GIVING THREE LEVELS OF ACTING. THE BANDS WERE

LOCATED EITHER SIDE OF THE ACTING AREA. RAKED SEATING WAS

INSTALLED AND WHAT HAD STARTED OFF AS A BARN OF AN OLD HALL

BECAME A NICE VENUE TO PERFORM OR BE AUDIENCE IN. THE SENIOR

CITIZENS HALL NEXT DOOR WAS THE SUPPER VENUE FOR INTERVAL.

 

THE STYLE OF ACTING WAS BIG AND MOSTLY OUT FRONT.

MONOLOGUES WERE MAINLY ON MICROPHONE WITH MUSICAL BACKING.

THE PRODUCTION AT ALL TIMES TRIED TO BRIDGE THE GAP BETWEEN

AUDIENCE AND ACTORS AND INVOLVE THE AUDIENCE AS A PART OF THE

ACTION.

 

THE ACTORS AND MUSICIANS APPEARING IN A GOOD YARN RANGED IN AGE

FROM 14 UP TO THE 60S. THERE WERE A NUMBER OF COMBINATIONS OF

MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS AND BROTHERS AND SISTERS ONSTAGE. THE

PLAY WAS ABOUT LOCAL HISTORY WITH LOCAL PEOPLE PERFORMING AND

THE "OWNERSHIP" OF THE MATERIAL BY THE CAST WAS VERY STRONG.

Musical Director/ComposerAndrew Richardson

Designer/Production ManagerAlan Holy

ChoreographerBeverly Graeber

Cast:

Todd GrantJulia Barnard

Jorin DerksJohanna Selth

Alan SandarsHeidi Sandars

Sarah JeffriesNatalie Pfeiffer

Sheila BrownGlen Liebelt

Laurens DerksSally van Zelst

Peter StaffordMax Oswald

Beverly GraeberSharon Kemp

Gerard van RysbergenAlan Holy

Mandy PaussaEmily Doolan

Jessica RolevinkWendy Rolevink

Cecil MitchellBrenton Kowald

Sue WardAllen Lyne

Oakbank Area School Band:

Kirri RileySax

Jamie LarsenDrums

Todd HowardBass

Justin YorkGuitars

Gavin O'LoughlinGuitar & Keyboards

Andrew RichardsonFlute

Production Team

Stage managerDavid Strempel

PublicitySharon Kemp

CostumesSheila Brown

LightingBob Brown: Grant

Kininmont

Set BuildingNorm Blacker

PropsClint Prior &

Matt Prior

Poster DesignStudents at Oakbank

Area School

PhotographySharon Kemp: Alan Holy:

Staff and students of

Oakbank Area School and

St. John's Lutheran

School, Lobethal.

THANKS TO:-

Workers and Management at the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill and especially

Cyril Zilm: Kim Clark: Keith Gilbert and Don Hudson: Lindsay Spackman of

the Amalgamated Footwear and Textile Workers' Union:Margaret Holy for the

German translations: Maestro Clarrie Size and The Onkaparinga Valley Band:

Sgt. David Brookes of the Fourth Military District Band Roger Henderson,:Bev.

Crisp: Gavin O'Loughlin: Ivan Marek and all staff at Oakbank Area School:

Dean Heyne: Dianne Schwarz Lyn Roberts and staff and students at St. John's

Lutheran School, Lobethal: Onkaparinga Theatre Group for their involvement in

this project: All the people we interviewed: Harvest Theatre Co.: Junction

Theatre Co.: Wally and Isa Henschke: All the mums and Dads for dropping

and picking up the kids for workshops and rehearsals.

Webber's Pharmacy, Lobethal: Gumeracha General Store: Oakbank Antiques:

Balhannah Deli: Mt. Barker Deli.

Special Thanks to Mary Anne Hunter and Howard Boerth.

We gratefully acknowledge the support of The Australia Council: Central Region

Cultural Authority: The Amalgamated Footwear and Textile Union: The United

trades and Labour Council of S.A.: The ACTU

OPENING SONG. LOBETHAL. LIGHTS DOWN. MACHINE SOUNDS

ARE HEARD AND THEN THE LIGHTS COME UP ON A MACHINE

WORKING. CROSS FADE TO BOARD ROOM.

 

 

Executive 1

Pass the port, Percy.

 

Executive 2

Righto Roger

 

Executive 3

Cigar Cedric?

 

Executive 4

Cheers Charlie.

 

Executive 5

Sandwich Cecil?

 

Executive 6

No Nigel.

 

Chairperson

Here today to decide ... err ... To decide ... Is there an agenda?

 

Executive 3

Agenda Archie

 

Archie

Certainly Sir Cedric.

 

Chairperson

Err ... What's on it.

 

Archie

Closure of either Warnambool or Lobethal.

 

MACHINE SOUNDS. CROSS FADE TO MACHINES.

 

Voice Over

General Investments regrets to announce that the Onakaparinga

Woollen Mill at Lobethal is closing because this plant is surplus to

requirements.

 

CROSS FADE TO BOARDROOM.

 

Chairperson

Oh? Whose idea was that.

 

Archie

Yours sir.

 

Chairperson

Really? Where's Lobethal?

 

Percy

Victoria.

 

Roger

New South Wales.

 

Cecil

England.

 

Archie

It's in South Australia.

 

All

Where?

 

Archie

South Australia. Lobethal. Home of Onkaparinga rugs and blankets.

 

MACHINE SOUNDS. CROSS FADE TO MACHINES.

 

Voice Over

While the Board Of Directors of the company is fully aware of the distress

this will obviously cause to employees of Onkaparinga Woollen Mill, the

prevailingeconomic climate in Australia and federal government incentives

makes rationalisation of the company's operations imperative. The decision

to close the Lobethal Mill was only taken after the most thorough and

exhaustive deliberations by the board and senior management of the company.

 

CROSSFADE TO BOARDROOM

 

Chairperson

Oh, Onkaparinga. Do we own them?

 

Archie

Yes sir.

 

Chairperson

Then why are we closing them down?

 

Archie

Not closing, sir. Rationalising.

 

THE EXECUTIVES FALL ASLEEP ONE BY ONE.

 

Chairperson

Oh, good show. Where's this other place?

 

Archie

Warnambool is in Victoria. Near Geelong.

 

Chairperson

Why don't we close that instead?

 

Archie

That's what this board meeting has to decide, sir.

 

Chairperson

Decide? What?

 

Archie

Do we move the Lobethal operation to Warnambool or the Warnambool

operation to Lobethal.

 

Chairperson

What's the difference?

 

Archie

Lobethal has a hundred and twenty year history and a skill level amongst its

workforce second to none in Australia, sir. Its products are world renowned

and the finish of its products can't be matched by any other plant. Including

Warnambool.

 

MACHINE SOUNDS. CROSS FADE TO MACHINES.

 

Voice Over

It is with deep regret that General Investments makes this announcement

and the company is fully aware of the debt it owes to its loyal employees

at the Lobethal plant. With this in mind, General Investments is offering a

generous package to relocate these employees at Warnambool

 

CROSS FADE TO BOARD ROOM

 

Chairperson

All in favour of moving Warnambool to Lobethal.

 

Archie

Err ... the mill, sir.

 

Chairperson

Pardon?

 

Archie

You're moving the mill sir. Not the town.

 

Chairperson

Oh, are we? Right. All in favour of moving Warnambool to Lobethal,

err, Warnambool to Lobethal mill? Wake up damn you. I'll say it again.

All in favour of moving ...err Lobethal to Warnambool?

 

All

Aye

 

THE EXECUTIVES FALL ASLEEP AGAIN.

 

Chairperson

Done!

 

Archie

But ....

 

LIGHTS DOWN ON BOARD ROOM. MACHINE SOUNDS.

LIGHTS UP ON MACHINE. SPECIAL ON CYRIL

 

Cyril

Fellow workers, we are here today to decide whether or not we

should take the company's offer and move with them to Victoria.

 

MACHINE STOPS. "VICTORIA?" IT STARTS AGAIN

 

Cyril

After a hundred and twenty years of making profits for the company

here in Lobethal, they expect us to,leave everything we know and love

up here in the Adelaide Hills and move to the town of Warnambool.

 

MACHINE STOPS. "WARNAMBOOL?" IT STARTS AGAIN.

 

Cyril

They expect us to uproot from our families and friends. To destroy

relationships between families that sometimes go back generations

and to move so we can continue making profits for the company like

we have for the last hundred and twenty years. Make no mistake

about it, they need us in Warnambool. They need our craft and

expertise that's been built up here in the past hundred and twenty

years and passed down from generation to generation. They need us

and they needour skills if they are to continue producing quality woollen

products like we've been producing here all these years. They are very

kindly offering to let us move to Victoria ....

 

MACHINE STOPS. "VICTORIA?" IT STARTS AGAIN.

 

Cyril

We can sell our houses here and buy more expensive ones when

we get to Warnambool, leave our families, our friends, our town,

the hills, Adelaide, South Australia, our culture, the things that make

us what we are, we can leave all this behind because they want to

close our mill in their quest for more profits and a leaner and hungrier

industry. Fellow workers, what is our answer to General Investments?

 

MACHINE STOPS AND GIVES ITS ANSWER.

SONG- WHO KNOWS WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?

 

Teacher

Welcome to the first day of school for the year 2021. In history this year

I have some fascinating projects. Hands up all the students who are new

to Oakbank Area School this year. Four of you? Just a nice number for a

little project I have in mind

 

SPOT OUT ON TEACHER. LIGHTS UP ON KIDS

 

Kid 1

History!

 

Kid 2

Worse. Local History!

 

Kid 3

Boring!

 

Kid 4

Boring!

 

Kid 1

What an assignment!

 

Kid 2

Research the history of the Lobethal woollen mill

 

Kid 3

Who cares?

 

Kid 4

The Lobethal what?

 

Kid 1

Woollen mill.

 

Kid 4

So? What's to research?

 

Kid 1

I've seen it. The buildings are real old.

 

Kid 2

How do you research a building?

 

Kid 1

It says here, "Research the history of the town of Lobethal and the woollen mill.

 

Kid 4

Where do we start?

 

Kid 3

The library I suppose.

 

THE BOOK APPEARS.

 

Kid

1Wow. Look at the size of that!

 

Kid 2

This is the new special type of book they're using in history this year.

 

Kid 3

What's special? It's just Biiiiiiiig!

 

Kid 2

Nah. You turn the page and you can talk to people from the past.

 

Kid 4

Get away!

 

Kid 2

No, really. You watch.

 

THE KID OPENS THE BOOK. WELYN AND MARJ APPEAR.

 

Marj

Oh, hello. What year is it?

 

Kid 1

2021.

 

Marj

It's 2021 Welyn.

 

Welyn

I heard, Marj.

 

Marj

You've opened the book at the wrong place. You have to go back to the

beginning to find out about the plant.

 

Kid 2

When were you there?

 

Welyn

I retired in 1990 after 51 years at the plant.

 

Kid 3

Did they have this woollen mill back in the dark ages in 1990?

 

Marj

one hundred and twenty years further back than that.

 

Welyn

It was the Lobethal Tweed Factory then.

 

Marj

But you're getting ahead of yourself. Go back.

 

Welyn

Go back.

 

THE KIDS TURN BACK THE PAGES.

 

Charles

You're not far enough back. You must go back to the beginning to understand.

 

Kid 1

Who are you?

 

Kid 4

When were you there?

 

Charles

I'm Charles Frederick Aufderheid. In 1928 I was the first shop steward at the mill.

 

Kid 2

The Onkaparinga Woollen Mill?

 

Charles

That's right. You'll hear my story later. Go back.

 

THEY TURN BACK MORE PAGES. AS EACH CHARACTER FINISHES,

THE KIDS TURN BACK MORE PAGES AND THE NEXT CHARACTER

APPEARS.

 

Rose

Rose Gerhardy. I worked at the Onkaparinga Clothing company which

became the Onkaparinga Woollen Mill. worked there between 1911

and 1962. But you need to go further back. Talk to old Daddy Redpath.

 

Redpath

Och aye the noo. Redpath's the name and woollen mills was me game.

First manager when the mill really became established. You need to go further back than me.

 

Anna

Anna Ey. Wife of one of the early Lutheran pastors in Lobethal. I had 16 children.

Further back still.

 

Kleinschmidt

Kleinschmidt's the name. I built the first government offices in South Australia. And

I built St. John's church after I moved to Lobethal. What's more I built the first brewery

here as well. but you need to go further back still.

 

Hentschke

Johann Hentschke, I was one of the original settlers and my family is still in Lobethal

today. You must go further back

 

Kid 1

Why do we need to go back further if you were one of the original settlers?

 

Hentschke

Because you need to understand what lead to a bevy of German settlers coming

out here and settling in a place called Lobethal. That's why. Why do you think we did?

 

Kid 4

Search me?

 

Hentschke

Because we were persecuted for our religious beliefs, that's why. Go back further!

 

MORE PAGES ARE TURNED. SMOKE. BLACKOUT. MUSIC STARTS. PIN

SPOTS ON BOOK. THE SPIRIT OF AGES PAST APPEARS WHEN THE

LIGHTS COME UP, ALL HISTORICALCHARACTERS WE HAVE SEEN

SO FAR ARE DANCING. THE SPIRIT JOINS THEM AS THE KIDS STAND

AND WATCH IN AMAZEMENT. MUSIC FADES AND HISTORICAL

CHARACTERS DANCE OFF. SPIRIT AND KIDS REMAIN ONSTAGE.

 

Spirit

Hey, wooby woobah, get down, what year is it?

 

Kid 1

Twenty twenty one.

 

Spirit

Two thousand and twenty one? You know it's two years since anyone

took out this book. Groovy Baby, freedom.

 

Kid 2

Who are you?

 

Spirit

The spirit of ages past. Wow. You want to know something? The history

of Lobethal? The beginning? Last year? 1900? Just ask

 

Kid 3

This history book is really weird

 

Kid 4

We want to know about the whole history.

 

Spirit

The whole box and dice? The complete shooting match? Hey baby,

we are going to have a ball

 

TABLEAUS ARE SET UP

 

Spirit

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing the story of.

 

All

Lobethal

 

Spirit

Valley of praise. Tonight we will tell you tall tales and true about

 

All

Lobethal

 

Spirit

Stories about how the town came to be About early days on the farms.

 

LIGHTS UP ON FARMING TABLEAU. DOWN

 

Spirit

About the history of the mill.

 

LIGHTS UP ON MILL TABLEAU. DOWN.

 

Spirit

About Kumnick's cricket bat factory.

 

LIGHTS UP ON CRICKET TABLEAU. DOWN.

 

Spirit

About people past and present.

 

LIGHTS UP ON TWO CHARACTERS WHO CHANGE TOP HAT

AND BIKE HELMET. DOWN.

 

Spirit

About the day the union came to the mill.

 

LIGHTS UP ON CHARLES AUFDERHEID AND DADDY REDPATH

AT LOGGERHEADS. DOWN.

 

Spirit

About all this and so much more. About what makes Lobethal.

 

All

Lobethal.

 

Spirit

But first we need to start at the beginning.

 

LIGHTS DOWN. SPOTLIGHT ON KING FREDERICK WILLIAM 3

 

KW 3

I King Frederick William the third declare the unification of the Lutheran

church and the Calvinist church.

 

GENERAL LIGHTING UP TO REVEAL TWO MOBS. ONE PRO AND

ONE ANTI UNIFICATION. THEY BEGIN TO CHANT SOFTLY AS KW 3

CONTINUES HIS SPEECH.

 

KW 3

Henceforth let it be known that they are one and indivisable. I, King

Frederick William 3 of Prussia, declare that I am head of the church as

well as head of state. Let it be known that I will brook no opposition. None!

 

Fritzche

He's been trying this on for years.

 

kw3

The catechism, sacraments and litany of the church shall be as I decree.

If anyone dares oppose me....

 

THE PRO UNIFICATION MOBS CHANT SWELLS TO A ROAR.

 

Chant 1

What do we want? Unification

When do we want it? Now. X 3

 

THE ANTI UNIFICATION MOBS CHANT SWELLS TO A ROAR.

 

Chant 2

William 3 is a fink

We don't want him

For our kink.

 

KW3

Stop it! Stop it at once. Restrain those people. Stop them.

 

THE PRO UNIFICATION MOB AND THE GUARDS MOVE

VIOLENTLY IN SLOW MOTION TOWARDS THE FRITSCHE

MOB. JUST AS THE TWO GROUPS ARE ABOUT TO CLASH,

DRUMBEAT, BLACKOUT MUSIC. WAGNER. LIGHTS UP ON

KING SITTING DEJECTEDLY.

 

Guard

(enters) Sir, sir, King William your mighty majesty. The peasants are revolting.

 

KW 3

You're telling me?

 

Guard

No no. I mean they're a riot.

 

KW 3

I find them most unfunny.

 

Guard

It's an insurrection.

 

KW 3

Haven't had one for years.

 

Guard

It's a rebellion. a ... a civil war.

 

KW 3

They seem most uncivil to me.

 

Guard

You've got to do something.

 

KW 3

What do you suggest?

 

Guard

Um ... err ... Make another speech.

 

LIGHTS DOWN. SPOTLIGHT ON KW 3

 

KW 3

... and furthermore, I decree that opponents of unification shall forfeit

their property to the crown. Their rights of citizenship shall be revoked

and they shall be deprived of their liberty until they repent

 

SPOTLIGHT ON FRITZCHE

 

Fritzsche

You do not have the authority

 

KW 3

Pastors who transgress against my decree shall be extremely harshly dealt with.

 

Fritzsche

I refuse to recognise your authority

 

KW 3

Especially you, Fritzsche.

 

Fritzsche

I recognise no authority before god.

 

KW 3

I'm warning you, Fritzsche.You will regret the day you were born

 

SPOTLIGHT OUT ON KW 3

 

Fritzsche

Liberty! The rights of all people to self determination, cannot be subjected

to the whims of despotic rulers. We have the right to free association. To

decide for ourselves where and how we will worship our god. How can this

man sitting on his throne in his palace far away ever understand our needs.

My congregation and congregations of people, now called dissenters by this

one man's decree, have been good citizens. Now they are called criminals

for worshipping their god as they see fit.

 

LIGHTS UP ON REST OF SCENE.

 

Fritzsche

I defy you!

 

KW 3

Reconsider, Pastor.

 

Fritzsche

I defy your authority.

 

KW 3

Seize him. Throw him in jail and bring me the key. Pluck out his eyes.

Boil him in oil.

 

MUSIC. KEYSTONE COPS SCENE AS FRITZSCHE DODGES AROUND

THE STAGE PURSUED BY GUARDS. HE IS HIDDEN IN VARIOUS

CREATIVE WAYS. FINALLY THE GUARDS TRAP FRITZCHE. MUSIC

STOPS.

 

Guard

Have you seen Pastor Fritzche anywhere?

 

Fritzche

I am Pastor Fritzche.

 

Guard

We haven't time to play the fool, peasant.

 

MUSIC BEGINS AGAIN. FRITSCHE STANDS CENTRE

NONPLUSSED. THE GUARDS DANCE ON. MUSIC FADES

AND THE GUARDS DANCE OUT.

 

Kid 1

Hey, heavy scene.

 

Spirit

There were some pretty heavy dudes around in those days.

 

Kid 2

Did they throw him in jail?

 

Spirit

Nope, it just made the pastor come out faster

 

Kid 3

Really weird.

 

Kid 4

What happened?

 

Spirit

These cats will tell you.

 

LIGHTS UP ON PARISHIONERS

 

Parishioner 1

Pastor Fritzsche spent eight years as a clandestine preacher

 

Parishioner 2

Travelling from place to place, constantly hiding from the law

 

Parishioner 3

Being hidden by supporters. it was no life for a dog

 

LIGHTS UP ON FRITZSCHE.

 

Fritzsche

I'm sick of this. I give up.

 

KW 111

You renounce your heresy?

 

Fritzsche

My congregation want to leave and settle overseas.

 

KW 111

Done! Get out of my country.

 

Fritzsche

Only if I can take my congregation with me

 

KW 111

Anything. Just get out and stop bugging me.

 

Fritzsche

We will leave Germany and go to South Australia to discover Lobethal

 

MUCH CHEERING AND ENTHUSIASM.

 

Fritzche

But first we must find the money to go. Psst! Hoy, George

 

GEORGE FIFE ANGAS DANCES IN TO BAGPIPE MUSIC.

 

Angas

Hoot mon, and what can I do for you?

 

Fritzche

We need money to get to South Australia.

 

Angas

Och Aye the noo, and if I had the loot, you'd be the first to have a loan,

Pastor. But I've already lent so much to Kavel and the other bonney

German lads and lasses wanting to emigrate that I have not got a bean

left

 

LIGHTS DOWN TO SPOT ON ANGAS

 

Angas

I'm a grand fellow and make no mistake about it. I sponsored German

Lutheran migrants because I'm a fellow Christian and I believe in the

rights of all people to freedom of religious worship. It's a grand thing to

help your fellow man, especially at 7 percent interest. Besides, there

might just be a little something in it for me and the South Australian

Company as well. South Australia needs good migrants, and these

German lads and lasses are a bonny lot indeed. Strong backs. Good

or should I say goot? farmers. They can turn their hands to anything

from ploughing the land to shearing sheep. And the men are not bad

either. I'm not a gambling man, but if I had to bet my life on someone

making a go of things in a new colony I'd have a canny wee bet on the

German people

 

GENERAL LIGHTING UP.

 

Angas

I've no got the loot right now myself, Pastor, but I'll talk to people who have

 

ANGAS DANCES OUT TO BAGPIPE MUSIC.

 

Parishioner 1

George Fife Angas was a great friend to the early Lutheran settlers.

 

Angas(spotlight)

At seven percent interest!

 

LIGHTS DOWN. VOICE IN BLACK: "JULY 11 1841. THE SKJOLD SAILS

FROM HAMBURG." LIGHTS UP ON SHIP, FOUR PEOPLE CHUCKING.

 

Parishioner 1

Oooooooh. Why are we going to South Australia?

 

Parishioner 2

We must be mad.

 

Fritzsche

We are going to discover Lobethal.

 

Parishioner 3

Lober chunder thal. oooooh!

 

Spirit

And so the journey continued on its chunderous way

 

Parishioner 2

The Skjold arrived in South Australia

 

Fritzsche

Here we are in South Australia. Let us give thanks for our safe arrival

 

Parishioner 3

Let us give thanks the ship's stopped rocking.

 

Parishioner 4

We finished up at Hahndorf.

 

Parishioner 1

One day a shepherd named Mueller was chasing some sheep.

 

Shepherd

Come back here you rotten sheep.

 

HE CHASES THEM ACROSS THE STAGE.

 

Parishioner 2

He discovered a valley.

 

FX SOMETHING DROPPING. CRASH AND CRY.

 

Shepherd

(spotlight) oooh, I've discovered a valley.

 

Parishioner 3

The shepherd came back and reported his find to

 

All

The eighteen families

 

MUSIC. THE EIGHTEEN FAMILIES PROMENADE.

 

Bride

We were eighteen families who decided to make Lobethal our home.

We had left Germany and everything we knew and loved far behind

us. It is hard to leave the things you love and value most. We left our

friends and families, we left our land and our farms to come out to South

Australia to make a new start. The farms we left behind had been in our

families for many generations. Being in Hahndorf, working other people's

land, made most of us feel like we were without roots. As though we had

nowhere to belong. And we needed to belong. We needed land to belong

to, to make us complete once again. The move to Lobethal was our chance

to regain something of what we had lost. To till our own soil and to set up our

own community with the type of family life we knew and loved. We were happy

to move to Lobethal even though we knew it would be a struggle to establish

our farms and the town. We accepted the challenge gratefully and felt

honoured to be put to such a test. This was our chance to make our lives rich

and full again. To see our children grow in the sun in joy and in freedom. Ah,

Lobethal, we are coming to you, Valley of Praise.

 

LIGHTS FADE AND COME UP ON KIDS AND SPIRIT

 

Kid 1

So that's how they came to Lobethal

 

Spirit

I don't know why they weren't wanted in Hahndorf.

 

Kid 2

This is exciting.

 

Kid 4

What happened next.

 

Kid 3

Weird.

 

Spirit

The eighteen families drew lots and established the Hufendorf.

 

Kid 1

The Hufen what?

 

Spirit

Dorf. Three acre farmlets.

 

Kid 2

Is that like Hamlet?

 

Kid 3

To be or not to be.

 

all

Get off!

 

LIGHTS DOWN AND SPOTLIGHT ON HENTSCHKE. MUSIC.

 

Hentschke

Johann Hentschke is my name. We met before. I was one of the original

settlers here in Lobethal. Ah Lobethal Valley of Praise. Pastor Fritzche

named the place and what an appropriate name. Here we found a home.

Land of our own to farm. Freedom to worship our god in the way we

chose free from the whims of a despotic ruler. It wasn't all ale and

German sausage though, it's a hard country this Australia. So different

to what we were used to at home . So dry and so hot here in the summer

it could break your heart. But we persevered. And we stuck with what we

knew, Mixed farming, before long we had sheep and cattle, vegetables and

fruit, wheat corn and rye, hops and barley. Oh we were happy here raising

our families, tending our farms, building our church and worshipping our God.

 

SPOTLIGHT OUT OU HENTSCHKE. SPOTLIGHT ON ANNA EY.

 

Anna

My name is Anna Ey and I was the pastor's wife in Lobethal for many years.

Life was so different when I lived here in the nineteenth century. Just going to

Adelaide was an event in the early days. It was so difficult. Some of the women

used to walk from Lobethal to Adelaide to sell their vegetables and dairy

products at the market. They'd carry these big willow baskets on their heads.

Sixteen miles they'd walk through the bush to get there. Then, when they'd sold

what they had to sell, they'd buy the things they needed for their households

and walk home again. They did that year round in all sorts of weather. If you

wanted to get to Adelaide without walking you could catch a ride or walk to

Woodside, get the mail coach to Balhannah, walk to Hahndorf and then catch

the coach to Adelaide. Most people planned to take more than one day going

each way. Life was hard in the old days, but people looked after one another

and life was rich and full.

 

SPOTLIGHT OUT. MUSIC FADES. GENERAL LIGHTING UP.

 

Kid 1

Sounds like they were happy people.

 

Spirit

Sure they were. Mostly.

 

Kid 2

Mostly?

 

Spirit

You heard about the dancing?

 

Kid 3

What dancing?

 

Spirit

Dirty dancing

 

Kid 4

That's the latest.

 

Spirit

It was around then too.

 

Kid 1

Dirty dancing?

 

Kid 2

Bull.

 

Kid 3

Get real.

 

Spirit

Every generation thinks it invented sin. See, these Lutherans at that time

weren't supposed to do things like dancing.

 

Kid 4

Get away!

 

Spirit

I kid you not, kid. They reckoned it was worldly and worldly things

were a no no. Watch.

 

WEDDING MARCH. BRIDE AND GROOM PROMENADE.

WEDDING GUESTS WATCH AND CLAP. WEDDING

MARCH ENDS. GENERAL HUBBUB FROM WEDDING GUESTS.

 

Parishioner 1

Lovely wedding.

 

Parishioner 2

The bride was so lovely.

 

HUBBUB FROM WEDDING GUESTS. POLKA BEGINS.

BRIDE AND GROOM BEGIN TO DANCE. TWO OTHER

COUPLES JOIN THEM.

 

Parishioner 3

Disgraceful

 

Parishioner 4

Disgusting.

 

Parishioner 1

It is forbidden

 

THEIR FEET ARE BEGINNING TO TAP. TWO BY TWO

THEY JOIN THE DANCE. PARISHIONER 3 REMAINS.

FRITZSCHE COMES FORWARD.

 

Fritzsche

You must stop this.You must stop this dancing. It is forbidden.

It is worldly. Stop this dirty dancing.

THE DANCE GOES FROM A POLKA TO MODERN DIRTY

DANCING.

PARISHIONER 3 COMES FORWARD AND JOINS FRITZSCHE.

 

Parishioner 3

I cannot look upon this scene of debauchery any longer. It is worldly.

It is worldly.

 

Fritzsche

It is dirty dancing.

 

FRITZSCHE AND PARISHIONER 3 EXIT. THE DANCE CONTINUES

FOR A MOMENT AND THEN ENDS. LIGHTS DOWN AND UP ON KIDS

AND SPIRIT.

 

Kid 1

Another heavy scene.

 

Kid 2

He got pretty upset that pastor.

 

Kid 3

Did that really happen.

 

SpiritMore or less. We take a few liberties in these history books

you know. Don't make judgements. Things were different in those

days. People thought and behaved differently, just like they'll

behave differently a couple of hundred years after you're in the

pages of the history books. It wasn't funny at the time even

though it seems so now. It all caused pretty big hassles in

Lobethal. People were excommunicated. It led to a breakaway

church being formed. Would you believe they finished up with

four Lutheran churches here in Lobethal? But whatever church

people belonged to, religion played a real big part in those early

years.

 

HYMN: VALLEY OF PRAISE. THE KIDS AND SPIRIT REMAIN

ONSTAGE AND WATCH.

 

Kid 4

That was beautiful.

 

Spirit

Those German people know how to sing. Always wonderful singers.

 

Kid 1

We're supposed to find out about the woollen mill.

 

Spirit

Kleinschmidt's the man to talk to.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON KLEINSCHMIDT

 

Kleinschmidt

Yes I am too. I was a builder and a businessman. I built St. John's

church, with a little bit of help from my friends, and I also built the

first brewery. In 1869 I closed my brewery and sold the equipment

to the Johnson's over in Oakbank. The buildings were standing

empty. Then the Kumnich brothers and I heard about a man named

Kramm who had set up a weaving factory in a small hut over in Hahndorf.

 

LIGHTS UP ON KRAMM WHO IS SPINNING.

 

Kumnich

Mr Kramm, sir, what are you doing?

 

Kramm

Spinning!

 

KLEINSCHMIDT AND THE KUMNICH BROTHERS BEGIN TO SPIN.

 

Kleinschmidt

Stop it! Mr Kramm, sir, my name is Kleinschmidt and these two gentlemen

are the Kumnich brothers. We are here to persuade you to move your

factory to Lobethal.

 

Kumnich 1

We offer you more space and financial support from our good selves, Mr. Kramm

 

Kumnich 2

Mr. Kramm, We'll float a company.

 

Kramm

More space you say?

 

Kleinschmidt

Mr. Kramm, we have much more.

 

Kramm

I've got this machinery and lots more at Port Adelaide. Are you sure

your buildings are big enough.

 

Kumnich 1

Oh, we'll cram it in.

 

LIGHTS UP ON THE CITIZENS

 

Kleinschmidt

Citizens of Lobethal. I have called you here tonight to put a proposition

to you. If we can raise eighty pounds from our community, we can get

Mr. Kramm to move his tweed factory to Lobethal. It could be the biggest

thing ever to happen in our town. All in favour?

 

All

Aye.

 

LIGHTS DOWN ON KLEISCHMIDT AND THE CITIZENS

 

Spirit

So they raised eighty pounds and paid off the customs duty on

Kramm's machinery which was impounded at Port Adelaide.

And so in 1870 the Lobethal Tweed factory was born. They

threw a party to celebrate.

 

Fritsche

(Runs on) As long as there is no dancing.

 

..

 

And so the history of Lobethal and the Mill continues.

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