The world premiere of his play is reason enough for Corrimal playwright Stephen Goldrick to celebrate.
But Goldrick is also happy that it is Wollongong Workshop Theatre that is staging Anvil.
The play about bushrangers and strong women, which features songs to help tell the tales, opens tomorrow night and runs until July 27.
Anvil is a wild Irish widow who runs a blacksmith's forge in Bathurst 1829. She'll fight with the establishment, fight for a convict's love and fight with herself if necessary, to make sense of a crazy world where respectability doesn't mean respect.
"It's a heart-felt epic, a funny and sad play with songs and music," Goldrick said.
"It features powerful female characters seizing respect in a dog-eat-dog world of unjust laws and social pretence,"
Goldrick and composer Lisa Lockett said they enjoyed making the original play based on real history.
Anvil they say is a romantic epic with melodrama and music, whippings, hangings, revenge, rebellion, and a rollicking good time, amidst stronger themes of social facades, abuse of power, guilt and redemption.
Tickets cost $25/$20. They can be purchased here.