When J G Milford arrives in the goldfields town of Koolgalla in the 1890s to take up the position of assistant editor on the Argus newspaper, no one is prepared for the consequences. The paper's newest employee challenges not only the company structure, but its ethical base and even the family that runs it. The Torrents was highly acclaimed when named joint winner of the prestigious Playwrights' Advisory Board Competition in 1955. The play's comic style belies an underlying contempt for patriarchal chauvinism, irresponsible journalism and political and business opportunism. It could easily be set in the 1990s (2 acts, 11 men, 2 women).