Bill Bryson’s Down Under

Opened: January 2004

UK Tour

Co-Produced and General Managed

‘Enormously funny’

The Age, Melbourne

Adapted and directed by Paul Hodson.
Performed By Steve Steen.

After tales from the USA and Britain, Bill Bryson turned his roving eye to Australia, the only island that is also a continent and the only continent that is also a country. It is the driest, flattest, most desiccated, infertile and climatically aggressive of all the inhabited continents. It has more things that can kill you in a very nasty way than anywhere else. Yet when Bill Bryson travelled to Australia he promptly fell in love with the country. And who can blame him? The people are cheerful, the cities safe and clean, the food is excellent, the beer is cold and the sun nearly always shines. He tried to find out why Aussies are so cool, digging up a past that reveals convicts, explorers, gold diggers and outlaws.