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Welcome to 12½ Plymouth Street, in Sydney's Surry Hills. This is the home of the Aussie Irish Catholic family, The Darcys, as lovingly told by award-winning author Ruth Park. In The Harp in the South and Poor Man's Orange, Park tells of the trials and tribulations of growing up in a Sydney slum in the years immediately following the Second World War.
In The Harp In The South we first meet the Darcys, a poor, working class family of tough Irish stock - Mumma (Anne Phelan), dad Hughie (Martyn Sanderson), Roie (Anna Hruby), Grandma Kilker (Gwen Plumb) and younger daughter Dolour (Kaarin Fairfax), through whose eyes we hear their story. A story that centres on the bittersweet first and last loves of Roie, who becomes a woman too quickly living among the tennament houses, razor gangs, brothels and sly-grog shops of inner city Surry Hills.
The Darcy family's story is continued in Part 2 of The Harp In The South and the follow up, "Poor Man's Orange."