y Summer of the Aliens single work   drama   - Three acts
Adaptation of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1990 single work radio play
Issue Details: First known date: 1992 1992
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AbstractHistoryArchive Description

'It is 1962 and the world is worried about the Cuban missile crisis, except for Lewis, a youth on the cusp of manhood, growing up in a Melbourne housing commission suburb. He is preoccupied by flying saucer, much to the disgust of his friend Brian who can think only of losing his virginity. Lewis finds a natural soulmate in local tom-boy, Dulcie, who has her own confusions about approaching womanhood. And then out of nowhere Lewis's errant father returns to stay, as if he had never gone' (Currency Press).

Although the play largely focuses on adolescent issues, it is meant for an adult audience. Among the themes explored are sexuality, gender, prejudice, cultural identity and the relationship between memory and personal identity.

Notes

  • Other formats: Also sound recording.

Production Details

  • First produced by the Melbourne Theatre Co., Russell Street Theatre, Melbourne, 17 March 1992.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1992
    • Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1992 .
      Extent: 84p.
      Description: illus.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Louis Nowra.
      ISBN: 0868193259 (pbk.)

Works about this Work

Staging Otherness in Mainstream Australasian and Canadian Dramaturgies Marc Maufort , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transgressive Itineraries : Postcolonial Hybridizations of Dramatic Realism 2003; (p. 27-79)
Section III of this chapter is entitled 'Alienating Naturalism : Louis Nowra's Dramatury'.
'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' and 'Summer of the Aliens' : Arcadia, Dystopia and the Australian Ethos T. G. A. Nelson , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 105-118)
Compares the representations of Australians and Australian life and ethos in Lawler's and Nowra's plays.
y The Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 1998 Z543914 1998 single work criticism
Breaching the Body's Boundaries: Abjected Subject Positions in Postcolonial Drama Joanne Tompkins , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Winter vol. 40 no. 4 1997; (p. 502-513)
Screenplays for Radio: The Radio Drama of Louis Nowra John Hillel , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 30 1997; (p. 68-86)
Nowra Pieces Provide Hits and Misses Richard Waller , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 July 1996; (p. 24)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Police Asked to Rule on `Obscene' School Play Joanne Painter , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 6 January 1995; (p. 3)
Nowra: Fact and Fiction Mike Daly , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 May 1994; (p. 33)
An Aimless Playwright Going Somewhere Fast Stephanie Bunbury , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 3 May 1994; (p. 19)
Nowra's Hard Look at the '80s John Larkin , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 25 July 1993; (p. 7)
Three Playwrights Suzanne Kiernan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , October no. 58 1993; (p. 13-14)
New Theatre Company Shoots Premier Show Natalie Vlies , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 January 1993; (p. 2)
From Boilermakers to Aliens - Varied Play Texts Appear Alexandra S. Cromwell , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Too Young for Ghosts Janis Balodis 1985 single work drama ; Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama ; Dorothy Hewett : The Feminine as Subversion Margaret Williams 1992 single work criticism ; Collected Plays : Volume I Dorothy Hewett 1992 selected work drama ; Siren David Williamson 1990 single work drama
[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Helen Thomson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 23 1993; (p. 175-178)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1992 single work musical theatre ; Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Nowra Play Helps Local Co-Op to Dazzling Start Ann Nugent , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 February 1993; (p. 20)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

A review of the 1993 Shoot Like a Girl and Canberra Youth Theatre production (Canberra Youth Theatre, Gorman House, 27 January - 6 February).

Nowra Plays on Alien Fear Dominic Dunne , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 February 1993; (p. 18)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Veronica Kelly , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 March 1993; (p. 12)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Review of the 1993 Metaluna Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Trust production (Cremorne Theatre 28 February - 12 March).

A Play Designed to Please Des Partridge , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 March 1993; (p. 4)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Their Lives as Pups Sue Gough , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 16 March vol. 115 no. 5861 1993; (p. 96)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Review of the 1993 Metaluna Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Trust production (Cremorne Theatre, 28 February - 12 March).

[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Anne Burnett , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , March no. 117 1993; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Anne Burnett reviews the 1993 Shoot Like a Girl and Canberra Youth Theatre production (Canberra Youth Theatre, 27 January - 6 February.

Quality Epic from a Town Called Excellent Giles Hugo , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 11 April 1992; (p. 20)

— Review of Post Office Restaurant and Other Stories Barry Dickins 1992 selected work short story ; Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
From Boilermakers to Aliens - Varied Play Texts Appear Alexandra S. Cromwell , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 7 no. 1 1993; (p. 70-71)

— Review of Too Young for Ghosts Janis Balodis 1985 single work drama ; Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama ; Dorothy Hewett : The Feminine as Subversion Margaret Williams 1992 single work criticism ; Collected Plays : Volume I Dorothy Hewett 1992 selected work drama ; Siren David Williamson 1990 single work drama
[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Helen Thomson , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 23 1993; (p. 175-178)

— Review of Cosi Louis Nowra 1992 single work musical theatre ; Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Space Invaders Penelope Nelson , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 9-10 May 1992; (p. rev 6)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Nowra's Well-Crafted Drama is a Treat to Watch Deborah Stone , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 27 March vol. 58 no. 29 1992; (p. 7)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Lucky Dip Fiona Scott-Norman , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 April vol. 114 no. 5814 1992; (p. 110)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Review of the 1992 Melbourne Theatre Company production (Russell Street Theatre, 12 March - 18 April)

We Are All Alien in the Suburbs Helen Thomson , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 19 March 1992; (p. 10)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

A review of the 1992 Melbourne Theatre Company production (Russell Street Theatre, 12 March - 18 April).

Act of Revelation Alison Croggon , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 21 April vol. 114 no. 5816 1992; (p. 101)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Stage Steven Carroll , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 13 March 1992; (p. 8)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Nowra Play Helps Local Co-Op to Dazzling Start Ann Nugent , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 1 February 1993; (p. 20)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

A review of the 1993 Shoot Like a Girl and Canberra Youth Theatre production (Canberra Youth Theatre, Gorman House, 27 January - 6 February).

Nowra Plays on Alien Fear Dominic Dunne , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 February 1993; (p. 18)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Veronica Kelly , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 March 1993; (p. 12)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Review of the 1993 Metaluna Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Trust production (Cremorne Theatre 28 February - 12 March).

A Play Designed to Please Des Partridge , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 1 March 1993; (p. 4)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Their Lives as Pups Sue Gough , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 16 March vol. 115 no. 5861 1993; (p. 96)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Review of the 1993 Metaluna Theatre Company and Queensland Performing Arts Trust production (Cremorne Theatre, 28 February - 12 March).

[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Anne Burnett , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , March no. 117 1993; (p. 35-36)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama

Anne Burnett reviews the 1993 Shoot Like a Girl and Canberra Youth Theatre production (Canberra Youth Theatre, 27 January - 6 February.

[Review of Summer of the Aliens] Rosemary Neill , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 13 August 1993; (p. 14)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Another Time and Space Bob Evans , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 13 August 1993; (p. 19)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Not Just a Screw Loose Brian Hoad , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 August vol. 115 no. 5883 1993; (p. 85)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Nowra Captures the Alienness of Youth Pamela Payne , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 15 August 1993; (p. 123)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
Nowra Pieces Provide Hits and Misses Richard Waller , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 17 July 1996; (p. 24)

— Review of Summer of the Aliens Louis Nowra 1992 single work drama
'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' and 'Summer of the Aliens' : Arcadia, Dystopia and the Australian Ethos T. G. A. Nelson , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'Unemployed at Last!' : Essays on Australian Literature to 2002 for Julian Croft 2002; (p. 105-118)
Compares the representations of Australians and Australian life and ethos in Lawler's and Nowra's plays.
Staging Otherness in Mainstream Australasian and Canadian Dramaturgies Marc Maufort , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Transgressive Itineraries : Postcolonial Hybridizations of Dramatic Realism 2003; (p. 27-79)
Section III of this chapter is entitled 'Alienating Naturalism : Louis Nowra's Dramatury'.
Nowra: Fact and Fiction Mike Daly , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 4 May 1994; (p. 33)
Adventure Seeker Pollyanna Sutton , 1992 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 1 April 1992; (p. 3)
An Aimless Playwright Going Somewhere Fast Stephanie Bunbury , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 3 May 1994; (p. 19)
Nowra Breakout Judy Kampfner , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: 24 Hours , August 1990; (p. 12-13)
Nowra's Hard Look at the '80s John Larkin , 1993 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 25 July 1993; (p. 7)
Police Asked to Rule on `Obscene' School Play Joanne Painter , 1995 single work biography
— Appears in: The Age , 6 January 1995; (p. 3)
Three Playwrights Suzanne Kiernan , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Sydney Review , October no. 58 1993; (p. 13-14)
New Theatre Company Shoots Premier Show Natalie Vlies , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 28 January 1993; (p. 2)
Breaching the Body's Boundaries: Abjected Subject Positions in Postcolonial Drama Joanne Tompkins , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Drama , Winter vol. 40 no. 4 1997; (p. 502-513)
y The Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 1998 Z543914 1998 single work criticism
Screenplays for Radio: The Radio Drama of Louis Nowra John Hillel , 1997 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 30 1997; (p. 68-86)
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