A battler at a Tasmanian racecourse finds ten shillings in the dirt.
He puts it on a 12-1 long shot, and when it romps home he’s off to the mainland, and the Packer Dynasty is born.
Fathers and sons across generations, through war, the Depression, technological change. The family myth grows with the influence, and each son feels the weight of time, of power. But now it’s the 21st century. Newspapers, magazines, broadcast TV – what are they? Now it’s time for entertainment through your phone. And back to laying bets on long shots.
A deeply researched work from Tommy Murphy (Mark Colvin’s Kidney, Holding the Man), Packer & Sons puts on stage the men who have loomed large over Sydney for nearly 100 years.
Plotted around the transitions of power from father to son over four generations, this is a play about power and what it does to the men who wield it.
Nick Bartlett, John Gaden, Anthony Harkin, John Howard, Brandon McClelland and Josh McConville feature.