y The Floating World single work   drama   - 20 scenes
Issue Details: First known date: 1974 1974
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Notes

  • Other formats: Also braille and sound recording.

Production Details

  • First produced by the Australian Performing Group at the Pram Factory, Melbourne, 6 August 1974. Also produced at the Perth Playhouse, March 1975.
  • Performed by the Griffin Theatre Company at SBW Stables Theatre, Kings Cross 11 October - 16 November, 2013

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1974
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1982 .
      Extent: xxxiv, 100p.p.
      Edition info: Rev.ed.
      Description: illus., port.
      ISBN: 0868190640
    • Strawberry Hills, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 2013 .
      Extent: 1vp.
      Edition info: 3rd edition
      ISBN: 9781925005028 (paperback) :
      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.
      .
      Description: Typescript.
      (Manuscript) assertion

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
Alternative title: Furotingu warudo
Language: Japanese
  • Appears in:
    y Damage : A Collection of Plays John Romeril , Sydney : Currency Press , 2010 Z1709452 2010 selected work drama (taught in 3 units)

    'This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: Jonah, a Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name; Top End, a political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor, and Lost Weekend which takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'. They are published together with Romeril's best-known play, The Floating World, the story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan.

    'Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.' (From the publisher's website.)

    Sydney : Currency Press , 2010

Works about this Work

Humour Cannot Hide the Horror of an Old War Steve Dow , 2013 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 16 September 2013; The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 September 2013; (p. 14)
A War Veteran's Battle Powers Brilliant Show Jason Blake , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 October 2013; (p. 21)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Cherry Blossom Cruise to the Harrowing Past John McCallum , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 October 2013; (p. 15)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
[Untitled] Elissa Blake , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 19 October 2013; (p. 11)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
'Hamlet' and 'The Floating World' : No Going Back James Waites , 2013 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , November no. 356 2013;

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Griffin's Artistic Director Kenn to Leave a Strong Impression Clare Morgan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 September 2012; (p. 9)
John Romeril : The Asian Australian Journey Denise Varney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Radical Visions 1968-2008 : The Impact of the Sixties on Australian Drama 2011; (p. 127-147)
How Australian is It? Alison Croggon , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 200 2010; (p. 55-62)
Board Member Profile 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , no. 13 2010; (p. 5)
A Lecture : After the Event John Romeril , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 183-197)
A Precious Arena Rebecca Meston , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Muse , November no. 234 2003; (p. 18)
Cultural Frictions: John Romeril's The Floating World Helen Gilbert , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Research International , vol. 26 no. 1 2001; (p. 60-70)
Hailed as an 'unruly masterpiece', John Romeril's The Floating World is one of the few 'new wave' Australian plays representing Australians and their Asian 'others' to be restaged periodically since its première in 1974. Paying particular attention to productions of the play that have used Japanese theatre forms such as kabuki and bunraku, this article focuses primarily on the ways in which the spectacle of race has been coded performatively by different directorial approaches, and how various significations of race have been interpreted by the critical establishment. The fascinating stage history of The Floating World is treated as a barometer of Australian theatre's response to the challenge of representing cultural conflict, during a period marked by public debate about the desirability, and inevitability, of Australia's political, economic and cultural 'enmeshment' with Asia.
Spot the Infidel : Aspects of Multiculturalism in Mainstream Australian Theatre Peter Fitzpatrick , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Siting the Other : Re-Visions of Marginality in Australian and English-Canadian Drama 2001; (p. 155-173)
The Testimonial Stage : Theatrical Presentations of the Prisoner of War, 1995 Julia Mant , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 36 2000; (p. 89-104)
A Playwright Overtaken by History Helen Musa , 1997 single work biography
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 2 March 1997; (p. 21)
Anzac and Why I Write John Romeril , 1996 single work biography
— Appears in: Kunapipi , [Double Issue] vol. 18 no. 2-3 1996; (p. 335-339)
The Japanese version of The Floating World : a cross cultural event between Japan and Australia Keiji Sawada , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 28 1996; (p. 3-19)
Dramatic Leaps Across a Deep Cultural Gulf Leonard Radic , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 22 October 1995; (p. 6)
No Longer a World Apart Victoria Laurie , 1995 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 October vol. 116 no. 5993 1995; (p. 88-89)
Afloat Again Lance Campbell , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 September 1995; (p. 14)
Untitled 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian Jewish News , 16 August 1974; (p. 13)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled R. Hardy , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: Lot's Wife , 12 August 1974; (p. 9)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
A Study of Madness David Kendall , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 31 August vol. 96 no. 4921 1974; (p. 48,51)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Straitjacketed Plain Bloody Disaster D. Thorpe , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 16-22 August 1974; (p. 1428)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Unruly Masterpiece G. Hutchinson , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 14 August 1974; (p. 14)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
When an Old POW from Changi Visits Japan, the Result is Compelling Drama I. Robinson , 1974 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 19-24 August 1974; (p. 27)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
A Voyage of POW Trauma Brian Hoad , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 27 September vol. 97 no. 4976 1975; (p. 49-50)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama ; Down Under Anne Brooksbank Bob Ellis 1977 single work drama
A Waste of Talent R. Constantino , 1975 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16 September 1975; (p. 7)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled C. H. Moe , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: Experimental Theatre Journal , vol. 28 no. 1976; (p. 263-264)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled David Rowbotham , 1976 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 24 April 1976; (p. 9)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled Roger Pulvers , 1979 single work review
— Appears in: Theatre Australia , vol. 4 no. 2 1979; (p. 17)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 26 July 1986; (p. 48)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled Andrew L. Urban , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 28 July 1986; (p. 11)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Untitled J. Waites , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 1-7 August 1986; (p. 34)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Dramatic Tricks on Disintegrating Mind John McCallum , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 February 1995; (p. 19)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Rough Fun in War Ghosts Ron Banks , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The West Australian , 20 February 1995; (p. 5)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Not Moved by the Madness Helen Thomson , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 6 March 1995; (p. 15)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Satire Reopens Old War Wounds Peter Ward , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 12 September 1995; (p. 13)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Facing Torment Again Tim Lloyd , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 11 September 1995; (p. 23)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
Ship Shapes the Horror of War John Edge , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 26 September vol. 116 no. 5989 1995; (p. 100)

— Review of The Floating World John Romeril 1974 single work drama
A Precious Arena Rebecca Meston , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Muse , November no. 234 2003; (p. 18)
Cultural Frictions: John Romeril's The Floating World Helen Gilbert , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Research International , vol. 26 no. 1 2001; (p. 60-70)
Hailed as an 'unruly masterpiece', John Romeril's The Floating World is one of the few 'new wave' Australian plays representing Australians and their Asian 'others' to be restaged periodically since its première in 1974. Paying particular attention to productions of the play that have used Japanese theatre forms such as kabuki and bunraku, this article focuses primarily on the ways in which the spectacle of race has been coded performatively by different directorial approaches, and how various significations of race have been interpreted by the critical establishment. The fascinating stage history of The Floating World is treated as a barometer of Australian theatre's response to the challenge of representing cultural conflict, during a period marked by public debate about the desirability, and inevitability, of Australia's political, economic and cultural 'enmeshment' with Asia.
A Lecture : After the Event John Romeril , 2005 single work criticism
— Appears in: Beyond Good And Evil? Essays on the Literature and Culture of the Asia-Pacific Region 2005; (p. 183-197)
Language and Metaphor in The Floating World David Kerr , 1984 single work criticism
— Appears in: Viewpoints : H.S.C. English Literature , no. 85 1984; (p. 187-193)
How Australian is It? Alison Croggon , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Spring no. 200 2010; (p. 55-62)
Board Member Profile 2010 single work column
— Appears in: Artery , no. 13 2010; (p. 5)
Griffin's Artistic Director Kenn to Leave a Strong Impression Clare Morgan , 2012 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 September 2012; (p. 9)
John Romeril : The Asian Australian Journey Denise Varney , 2011 single work criticism
— Appears in: Radical Visions 1968-2008 : The Impact of the Sixties on Australian Drama 2011; (p. 127-147)
Dramatic Leaps Across a Deep Cultural Gulf Leonard Radic , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Age , 22 October 1995; (p. 6)
No Longer a World Apart Victoria Laurie , 1995 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 24 October vol. 116 no. 5993 1995; (p. 88-89)
Asian Stereotypes in Recent Australian Plays Peter Fitzpatrick , 1985 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies , May vol. 12 no. 1 1985; (p. 35-46)
The Floating World (1974) Elizabeth Webby , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Modern Australian Plays 1990; (p. 34-44) John Romeril 1993; (p. 55-66)
Afloat Again Lance Campbell , 1995 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 16 September 1995; (p. 14)
`A Fairly Hybrid Talent': An Interview with John Romeril Leah Mercer (interviewer), 1990 single work interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 17 1990; (p. 51-57)
Re-Orienting Australasian Drama: Staging Theatrical Irony Joanne Tompkins , 1994 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , October vol. 25 no. 4 1994; (p. 117-133)
Anzac and Why I Write John Romeril , 1996 single work biography
— Appears in: Kunapipi , [Double Issue] vol. 18 no. 2-3 1996; (p. 335-339)
The Floating World : Unruly Masterpiece Garrie Hutchinson , 1981 single work criticism
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 373-375)
The Beauty and the Terror of Triffitt Et Al Brian Hoad , 1995 single work column
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 28 November vol. 116 no. 5998 1995; (p. 108-109)
Older and Wiser Jeremy Eccles , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Independent Monthly , August 1989; (p. 42)
Play Accused of Stirring Up Hatred Against the Japanese John J. Ray , 1975 single work column
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 2 October 1975; (p. 7)

Awards

2014 shortlisted Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Direction of a Play For the Griffin Theatre Company production.
2013 nominated Sydney Theatre Awards Best Mainstage Production
2013 Sydney Theatre Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Mainstream Production Awarded to actor, Peter Kowitz
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