Everynight Everynight was written and directed in 1977 while Mooney was in his second year at the VCA. He resurrected the burnt-out shell of St Martin’s Theatre in South Yarra for the production. The play was based on the experiences of his prison friend Christopher Dale Flannery, aka Rentakill, who was ferociously assaulted in H Division, the punishment Division of Pentridge, when he was 18. Mooney also spent 4 months in H Division, for acting as a spokesperson during riots.
The play achieved media notoriety when prisoners in H Division rioted to coincide with the opening, and ‘Ban The Bash’ was graffitied all around Melbourne, including the steps of Parliament House. It played to packed houses the next year at The Pram Factory and has been staged numerous times, including having a sell-out season at The Adelaide Arts Festival. Its most recent revival was by Frank Theatre at Gasworks, 2012, organised by the late Dame Hill.
In 1994 Alkinos Tsilimidos, a graduate of the VCA Film School, on a budget of $28,000, adapted it to film. It was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay and best Director and has achieved genuine cult status in the film industry.