Jack Hibberd is a complex playwright who has a cruel and keen eye. Hibberd uses the existential and comical clown to form part of his characters, for instance with Monk in A Stretch of the Imagination. We laugh with his characters, at them and at times we feel for them. In his most famous play, Dimboola, Hibberd uses a tribal ritual which is familiar to us all to break down the fourth wall that normally separates the play from the audience. Hibberd talks openly about his use of language, story and form, his adaptation of literary works to the stage, the rehearsal process and his time at La Mama and the Pram Factory.