Big Toys

Big Toys is a 1977 Australian play by Patrick White. It was his first play in 14 years.

Big Toys
Written byPatrick White
CharactersRitchie Bosanquet, a wealthy and successful lawyer
Meg Bosanquet, socialite
Terry Legge, a well-connected trade union leader based on Jack Mundey
Date premiered27 July 1977
Place premieredParade Theatre, Kensington, Sydney
Original languageEnglish
SubjectA satire on Sydney high society

Stage productions

The original production was by the Old Tote Theatre Company in Sydney. The cast was Max Cullen, Arthur Dignam and Kate Fitzpatrick and it was directed by Jim Sharman.[1] The play was specifically written for the three lead actors.[2]

Film version

Big Toys
Directed byChris Thomson
Produced byAlan Burke
Based onplay by Patrick White
StarringDiane Cilento
John Gaden
Max Cullen
Colin Friels
Distributed byABC
Release date
24 August 1980
Running time
90 mins

It was adapted into a 1980 TV film by Patrick White. The film was part of the Australian Theatre Festival.[3][4][5]



  1. Details of premiere production at AusStage
  2. "Charity opening for play". The Canberra Times. 52, (14, 915). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 26 October 1977. p. 19. Retrieved 5 March 2016 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
  3. Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p14
  4. "WHY IS KATE FITZPATRICK WEARING A MOUSTACHE?". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 24 October 1979. p. 41. Retrieved 7 August 2013.
  5. "TIMESTYLE RADIO TELEVISION CHESS CROSSWORDS 'Churchill' TV film raises veterans' ire". The Canberra Times. 54, (16, 084). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 October 1979. p. 13. Retrieved 5 March 2016 via National Library of Australia.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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