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Issue Details: First known date: 1969 1969
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Adaptations

y The Front Room Boys United Kingdom (UK) : British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) , 1976 7953379 1976 single work radio play

'The story of a year in an Australian office, month by month.'

Source: Radio Times, 22 January 1976, p.25.

Notes

  • Sound recording and braille edition also available.

Production Details

  • First produced by the Australian Theatre Co. at the Australian Arts Laboratory, Sydney, 9 October 1969. First professional production by the Australian Performing Group at the Perth Festival, February 1970.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1969
Alternative title: Antipoden : Eine Bürokomödie in 12 Szenen
Language: German

Works about this Work

Changing Masculinities: Disruption and Anxiety in Contemporary Australian Writing Linzie Murrie , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 56 1998; (p. 169-179)
"Middle Class Dissenter": An Interview with Alexander Buzo Ron Verburgt (interviewer), 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 22 1993; (p. 33-52)
y Buzo John McCallum , Sydney : Methuen , 1987 Z291708 1987 single work criticism
An Interview with Alex Buzo Geoffrey Sirmai (interviewer), 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 46 no. 1 1986; (p. 80-91)
Mateship and Individualism in Modern Australian Drama Dennis Carroll , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Journal , vol. 34 no. 1982; (p. 467-80)
Uses these four plays to discuss the restrictions created by mateship and how it affects ralationships with women. Article makes frequent comparisons to American society and plays.
Alexander Buzo Jennifer Palmer (interviewer), 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Playwrights 1979; (p. 138-153)
Alexander Buzo : An Imagist with a Personal Style of Surrealism Terry Sturm , 1975 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1975; (p. 343-358) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 323-339)
Four Australian Plays : Introduction Graeme Blundell , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Four Australian Plays 1973; (p. 7-13)
Mask and Cage: Stereotype in Recent Drama Margaret Williams , 1972 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 31 no. 3 1972; (p. 308-313) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 209-216)

Margaret Williams argues that 'the greatest single factor in setting Australian playwrights free to explore the dramatic possibilities of their own society has been the decline of naturalism, particularly of the well-made naturalistic play' (308). She comments on recent plays, especially by Jack Hibberd, Alex Buzo and David Williamson, suggesting that they each 'make imaginative use of the social ritual and verbal cliches of Australian society to explore insecurity and inadequacy behind their defensive facades (310)'.

Talking to Us in Our Own Language I. McGill , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Critic , 20 March vol. 10 no. 7 1970; (p. 68-69)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama ; Who? Jack Hibberd 1968 single work drama ; White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama ; Chicago, Chicago : An Art Piece in Twenty Scenes John Romeril 1969 single work drama
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 March 1970; (p. 21)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 March 1970; (p. 11)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Untitled Keith Thomas , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 21 March 1970; (p. 20)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Wet and Dry in the West Duncan Graham , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 28 February vol. 92 no. 4693 1970; (p. 46-47)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Talking to Us in Our Own Language I. McGill , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Critic , 20 March vol. 10 no. 7 1970; (p. 68-69)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama ; Who? Jack Hibberd 1968 single work drama ; White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama ; Chicago, Chicago : An Art Piece in Twenty Scenes John Romeril 1969 single work drama
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 7 March 1970; (p. 21)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 10 March 1970; (p. 11)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Untitled Keith Thomas , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: Nation , 21 March 1970; (p. 20)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Wet and Dry in the West Duncan Graham , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 28 February vol. 92 no. 4693 1970; (p. 46-47)

— Review of The Front Room Boys : A Play in Twelve Scenes Alex Buzo 1969 single work drama
Alexander Buzo Jennifer Palmer (interviewer), 1979 single work interview
— Appears in: Contemporary Australian Playwrights 1979; (p. 138-153)
Mask and Cage: Stereotype in Recent Drama Margaret Williams , 1972 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin Quarterly , Spring vol. 31 no. 3 1972; (p. 308-313) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 209-216)

Margaret Williams argues that 'the greatest single factor in setting Australian playwrights free to explore the dramatic possibilities of their own society has been the decline of naturalism, particularly of the well-made naturalistic play' (308). She comments on recent plays, especially by Jack Hibberd, Alex Buzo and David Williamson, suggesting that they each 'make imaginative use of the social ritual and verbal cliches of Australian society to explore insecurity and inadequacy behind their defensive facades (310)'.

An Interview with Alex Buzo Geoffrey Sirmai (interviewer), 1986 single work interview
— Appears in: Southerly , March vol. 46 no. 1 1986; (p. 80-91)
"Middle Class Dissenter": An Interview with Alexander Buzo Ron Verburgt (interviewer), 1993 single work criticism interview
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , April no. 22 1993; (p. 33-52)
y Buzo John McCallum , Sydney : Methuen , 1987 Z291708 1987 single work criticism
Alexander Buzo : An Imagist with a Personal Style of Surrealism Terry Sturm , 1975 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , December vol. 35 no. 4 1975; (p. 343-358) Contemporary Australian Drama : Perspectives Since 1955 1981; (p. 323-339)
Four Australian Plays : Introduction Graeme Blundell , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Four Australian Plays 1973; (p. 7-13)
Changing Masculinities: Disruption and Anxiety in Contemporary Australian Writing Linzie Murrie , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Journal of Australian Studies , no. 56 1998; (p. 169-179)
Mateship and Individualism in Modern Australian Drama Dennis Carroll , 1982 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Journal , vol. 34 no. 1982; (p. 467-80)
Uses these four plays to discuss the restrictions created by mateship and how it affects ralationships with women. Article makes frequent comparisons to American society and plays.

Awards

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