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The Cake Man is a 1975 play by Aboriginal Australian writer Robert J. Merritt. It was made into a TV movie in 1978. [1]

The Cake Man was written by Merritt while an inmate at Bathurst Gaol. It was the first full-length play staged by the National Black Theatre in Redfern, Sydney in 1975. Merritt, escorted by prison guards, attended the opening night in handcuffs. The actors refused to commence the performance until Merritt's handcuffs were removed. [2]

The play has come to be regarded as a classic of Australian theatre.[ citation needed ]

The Cake Man was notably revived for performances in Sydney and Perth in a Yirra Yaakin and Belvoir co-production in 2013. [3]

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References

  1. Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p22
  2. Blake, Jason (8 November 2013). "Fine performance of play with a great history". The Sydney Morning Herald . Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  3. Robert Merritt's The Cake Man makes WA debut, 8 November 2013, retrieved 1 April 2017