STORMING MONT ALBERT BY TRAM

by Paul Davies

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STORMING MONT ALBERT BY TRAM

by Paul Davies

The events described in the play take place on an ordinary Number 42, Mont Albert Tram as it makes its way from the Mont Albert terminus to Melbourne's CBD and back. The central character is a trainee conductress on her first night on the job. As various characters get on and off her tram an old drunk is harassed by a young punk, two ex-lovers meet up again after six years, a Balwyn housewife relates the story of her marriage breakdown and an over zealous ticket inspector gets his just deserts. Things reach a climax on the homeward journey when the drunk attempts to hijack the tram and after an altercation with the ticket inspector the police finally arrive. Naturally they arrest the wrong people and the punk makes a play for the conductress as audience return to the place from which they started.

Storming Mont Albert By Tram was originally produced in 1982 by TheatreWorks, Melbourne. It subsequently received some 400 professional performances on trams in Melbourne and Adelaide from 1988 to 1994. These later iterations are known as Storming St. KIlda By Tram and Storming Glenelg By Tram.