y Dreams in an Empty City single work   drama   - Three acts
Issue Details: First known date: 1986 1986
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Notes

  • Originally commissioned by Aubrey Mellor and John Bell for the Nimrod Theatre in the mid-1980s, but the Nimrod company folded before a production could take place.
  • Dedication: To my heart Anna Russell In memory of my friend Fay Mokotow

Production Details

  • First produced by the State Theatre Co., Playhouse, Adelaide Festival Centre, 1 March 1986. Season directed by Neil Armfield.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press ; State Theatre Company of South Australia , 1986 .
      Extent: 88p.
      Note/s:
      • Author's note: The text published here is the complete version used towards the final weeks of rehearsal and does not include any subsequent revisions or cuts made by the author.
      • Includes programme from the State Theatre Company of South Australia production.
      ISBN: 0868191442
      Series: Current Theatre Series Currency Press (publisher), 1983- series - publisher 'Current Theatre Series consists of Australian plays published with the program inserted and sold during theatre seasons. The aim of the series is to promote and encourage new dramatic writing and make it accessible to theatregoers and the public. The text is presented at the first day of rehearsal and does not contain changes which the author may choose to make after the play has commenced its present season - these will be incorporated into any new edition published by Currency.' Currency Press.
    • s.l.,: s.n. , 1987 .
      Extent: 103 leavesp.
      (Manuscript) assertion

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: H2193

Works about this Work

Dreams of Australia Sewell Stephen Sewell , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 15-20)
'My play, Dreams in an Empty City, a story set in the murderously ruthless world of Australian property finance, was first produced in 1986, just a few months before the international crash of 1987, which was, at that point, the greatest market crash since 1929. And, according to the standard economic theory still taught in schools, impossible.' (15)
Stephen Sewell and the State of the Nation Denise Varney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Radical Visions 1968-2008 : The Impact of the Sixties on Australian Drama 2011; (p. 239-266)
Re-Reading Stephen Sewell's Traitors : Ideology and Gender in 'the Australian Play' G. K. H. Ley , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Spring vol. 48 no. 1 2005; (p. 108-117)
Dark Heart Beats in the Emerald City Clare Morgan , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 September 2005; (p. 13)
Twenty years after being written, Stephen Sewell's Dreams in an Empty City receives its first Sydney production by the graduating class of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Smashing Temples: Cultural Symptoms of the 1980s in Australian Mainstage Comedy and Farce Veronica Kelly , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Spring vol. 38 no. 1 1995; (p. 97-108)
Views of the Harbour : The Empty City in Contemporary Australian Drama Peter Fitzpatrick , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Populous Places : Australian Cities and Towns 1992; (p. 48-57)
y Stephen Sewell : The Playwright as Revolutionary Peter Fitzpatrick , Paddington : Currency Press , 1991 Z273510 1991 single work criticism biography
The Melodrama of Defeat: Political Patterns in Some Colonial and Contemporary Australian Plays Veronica Kelly , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 50 no. 2 1990; (p. 131-143) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 20)
Stephen Sewell Mary Ann Hunter (interviewer), 1989 single work interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 14 1989; (p. 35-45)
Breaking Through With Hate Leonard Radic , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 24 December 1988; (p. 9)
Where Have All the Good Writers Gone? Leonard Radic , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 8 October 1988; (p. 10)
Sewell Take the Attack to Britain 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 17-18 September 1988; (p. 14)

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Michael Billington , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 10 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Georgina Brown , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Independent , 14 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Michael Coveney , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Financial Times , 10 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Jim Hiley , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , 22 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Kenneth Hurren , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Mail on Sunday , 18 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Kate Kellaway , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Observer , 11 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Sheridan Morley , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Punch , 30 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Charles Osborne , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Daily Telegraph (London) , 13 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled P. Ward , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 3 March 1986; (p. 11)

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Sewell Take the Attack to Britain 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 17-18 September 1988; (p. 14)

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Michael Billington , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian , 10 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Georgina Brown , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Independent , 14 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Michael Coveney , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Financial Times , 10 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Jim Hiley , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Listener , 22 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Kenneth Hurren , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Mail on Sunday , 18 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Kate Kellaway , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Observer , 11 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Sheridan Morley , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Punch , 30 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Charles Osborne , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Daily Telegraph (London) , 13 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Untitled Milton Shulman , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Evening Standard , 9 September 1988;

— Review of Dreams in an Empty City Stephen Sewell 1986 single work drama
Re-Reading Stephen Sewell's Traitors : Ideology and Gender in 'the Australian Play' G. K. H. Ley , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Spring vol. 48 no. 1 2005; (p. 108-117)
Dark Heart Beats in the Emerald City Clare Morgan , 2005 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 29 September 2005; (p. 13)
Twenty years after being written, Stephen Sewell's Dreams in an Empty City receives its first Sydney production by the graduating class of the National Institute of Dramatic Art.
Views of the Harbour : The Empty City in Contemporary Australian Drama Peter Fitzpatrick , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Populous Places : Australian Cities and Towns 1992; (p. 48-57)
Stephen Sewell and the State of the Nation Denise Varney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Radical Visions 1968-2008 : The Impact of the Sixties on Australian Drama 2011; (p. 239-266)
Breaking Through With Hate Leonard Radic , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 24 December 1988; (p. 9)
The Melodrama of Defeat: Political Patterns in Some Colonial and Contemporary Australian Plays Veronica Kelly , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , June vol. 50 no. 2 1990; (p. 131-143) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 20)
y Stephen Sewell : The Playwright as Revolutionary Peter Fitzpatrick , Paddington : Currency Press , 1991 Z273510 1991 single work criticism biography
Stephen Sewell Mary Ann Hunter (interviewer), 1989 single work interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 14 1989; (p. 35-45)
Where Have All the Good Writers Gone? Leonard Radic , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 8 October 1988; (p. 10)
Smashing Temples: Cultural Symptoms of the 1980s in Australian Mainstage Comedy and Farce Veronica Kelly , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Spring vol. 38 no. 1 1995; (p. 97-108)
Apocalypse and After : Historical Visions in Some Recent Australian Drama Veronica Kelly , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 9 no. 3 1987; (p. 68-78) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 46)
Sewell's "Dreams" at the Adelaide Festival Peter Fitzpatrick , 1986 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 9 1986; (p. 35-51)
Dreams of Australia Sewell Stephen Sewell , 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 15-20)
'My play, Dreams in an Empty City, a story set in the murderously ruthless world of Australian property finance, was first produced in 1986, just a few months before the international crash of 1987, which was, at that point, the greatest market crash since 1929. And, according to the standard economic theory still taught in schools, impossible.' (15)
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