y The Golden Age single work   drama   - Two acts
Issue Details: First known date: 1985 1985
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Notes

  • Dedication: In memory of Marvin Gaye
  • Epigraph: There are moments when speech is but a mouth pressed lightly and humbly against the angel's hand. James Merrill
  • Other formats: Also braille, sound recording.

Production Details

    • Play with music.
    • First produced by the Playbox Theatre Co., Studio Theatre, Victorian Arts Centre, Melbourne, 8 February 1985. Music composed by Sarah de Jong (q.v.).
    • Has also been produced abroad.
    • Performed at Wharf 1 Theatre, Sydney Theatre Company, Walsh Bay 19 : 14 January - 20 February 2016

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press ; Playbox Theatre , 1985 .
      Extent: 54p.
      Description: illus.
      ISBN: 0868191183.
      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.
  • Appears in:
    y Australia Plays : New Australian Drama Katharine Brisbane (editor), London : Nick Hern Books , 1989 Z866193 1989 anthology drama (taught in 8 units) London : Nick Hern Books , 1989
    • Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1989 .
      Extent: xviii, 85pp.
      Edition info: Second edition.
      Description: illus.
      Reprinted: 1992
      Note/s:
      • Introduction by Gerry Turcotte.
      ISBN: 0868192341
      Series: Currency Plays Currency Press (publisher), series - publisher
    • s.l.,: s.n. , .
      Extent: 96p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      Note/s:
      • Notes and drafts for 'The Golden Age.'
      • Handwritten.

      Holdings

      Held at: University of Queensland University of Queensland Library Fryer Library
      Local Id: F2451

Works about this Work

Lost Tribe's Timely Return Elissa Blake , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 January 2016; (p. 12)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Worlds Collide and Wilderness Rules in Revival of a Genuine Classic John McCallum , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 January 2016; (p. 13)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Complex Questioning of Australian Culture Jason Blake , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 January 2016; (p. 31)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
The Golden Age Review – Tasmania's Lost Tribe Challenges Notions of Primitivism Monica Tan , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 January 2016;

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Fool's Gold and Louis Nowra's Golden Age Michael Connor , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 60 no. 4 2016; (p. 98-100)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
A Re-Vision of Australian Culture in Louis Nowra's The Golden Age Usha Kalyani , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 70-76)
'This paper examines Nowra's The Golden Age, which presents a complex and searching dramatisation of Australian culture. As it makes bold cultural statements about Australia's convict and Aboriginal heritage, it addresses the larger issues of what is culture and how one could aspire for it. '
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'.
Counter-Imperialism in Louis Nowra's The Golden Age Donald Pulford , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century 2001; (p. [204]-209)
Teaching Australian Drama in the 50th State Dennis Carroll , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Crossings : Bulletin of the International Australian Studies Association , August vol. 6 no. 2 2001;
'I Find Myself in Shakespeare' : Shakespeare, Race and National Identities Philippa Kelly , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coppertales : A Journal of Rural Arts , no. 5 1998; (p. 95-104)
y The Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 1998 Z543914 1998 single work criticism
Jack Davis and the Drama of Aboriginal History Brian Crow , Chris Banfield , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theatre 1996; (p. 61-77)
Staging Mabo : The Recent Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'And What Books Do You Read?' : New Studies in Australian Literature 1996; (p. 112-125)
Postcolonial Grotesques : Re-Membering the Body in Louis Nowra's 'Visions' and 'The Golden Age' Helen Gilbert , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , October no. 36 1993; (p. 618-633)
Louis Nowra on `Whingeing Artists' at the Press Club on 6th April 1993 Christopher Bedloe , Domenic Mico , Peter Robinson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Muse , May no. 119 1993; (p. 19-21)
`Golden Age' to Set Rep Patrons' Hearts Fluttering Robert Macklin , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 April 1993; (p. 3)
"Can We Start Doing it Better?" Alanna Maclean (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Muse , April no. 118 1993; (p. 4-5)
Poetic Play Tells an Extraordinary Tale Ann Nugent , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 March 1993; (p. 14)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Tassies' Golden Myth Gordon Sheldon , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 March 1993; (p. 5)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Christopher Bedloe , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , May no. 119 1993; (p. 34-35)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Peter Fitzpatrick , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 7 1985; (p. 139-144)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
The Golden Age of Louis Nowra Dawns Brian Hoad , 1987 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 25 August vol. 109 no. 5584 1987; (p. 119)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Geoffrey Hutton , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 11 February 1985; (p. 8)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled A. Jach , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: National Times , 22-28 February 1985; (p. 32)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled L. Radic , 1985 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 12 February 1985; (p. 14)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled K. Healey , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 August 1986; (p. 3)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 18 July 1986; (p. 12)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Andrew L. Urban , 1986 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 18 July 1986; (p. 10)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Laurie Atkinson , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Evening Post , 27 June 1988;

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Susan Budd , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Dominion (Wellington) , 27 June 1988;

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Patricia Cooke , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: Dominion Sunday Times , 3 July 1988;

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Poetic Play Tells an Extraordinary Tale Ann Nugent , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 29 March 1993; (p. 14)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Tassies' Golden Myth Gordon Sheldon , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 25 March 1993; (p. 5)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Untitled Christopher Bedloe , 1993 single work review
— Appears in: Muse , May no. 119 1993; (p. 34-35)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Lost Tribe's Timely Return Elissa Blake , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 16-17 January 2016; (p. 12)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Worlds Collide and Wilderness Rules in Revival of a Genuine Classic John McCallum , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 January 2016; (p. 13)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Complex Questioning of Australian Culture Jason Blake , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 21 January 2016; (p. 31)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
The Golden Age Review – Tasmania's Lost Tribe Challenges Notions of Primitivism Monica Tan , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 January 2016;

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Fool's Gold and Louis Nowra's Golden Age Michael Connor , 2016 single work review
— Appears in: Quadrant , April vol. 60 no. 4 2016; (p. 98-100)

— Review of The Golden Age Louis Nowra 1985 single work drama
Counter-Imperialism in Louis Nowra's The Golden Age Donald Pulford , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Literary Studies in the 21st Century 2001; (p. [204]-209)
'Perfecting the Monologue of Silence' : An Interview with Louis Nowra Gerry Turcotte (interviewer), 1987 single work interview
— Appears in: Kunapipi , vol. 9 no. 3 1987; (p. 51-67) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 48)
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'.
A Re-Vision of Australian Culture in Louis Nowra's The Golden Age Usha Kalyani , 2004 single work criticism
— Appears in: Cultural Interfaces 2004; (p. 70-76)
'This paper examines Nowra's The Golden Age, which presents a complex and searching dramatisation of Australian culture. As it makes bold cultural statements about Australia's convict and Aboriginal heritage, it addresses the larger issues of what is culture and how one could aspire for it. '
Jack Davis and the Drama of Aboriginal History Brian Crow , Chris Banfield , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: An Introduction to Post-Colonial Theatre 1996; (p. 61-77)
"Speaking the Formula of Abjection" : Hybrids and Gothic Discourses in Louis Nowra's Novels Gerry Turcotte , 1991 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , September vol. 36 no. 3 1991; (p. 61-72) Peripheral Fear : Transformations of the Gothic in Canadian and Australian Fiction 2009; (p. 165-180)
Postcolonial Grotesques : Re-Membering the Body in Louis Nowra's 'Visions' and 'The Golden Age' Helen Gilbert , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Span , October no. 36 1993; (p. 618-633)
Louis Nowra Candida Baker (interviewer), 1989 single work biography interview
— Appears in: Yacker 3 : Australian Writers Talk About Their Work 1989; (p. 236-258)
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)
Tasmanian Gothic Jim Davidson , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 48 no. 2 1989; (p. 307-324)
Louis Nowra on `Whingeing Artists' at the Press Club on 6th April 1993 Christopher Bedloe , Domenic Mico , Peter Robinson , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: Muse , May no. 119 1993; (p. 19-21)
'Nowt More Outcastin'': Utopian Myth in Louis Nowra's The Golden Age Veronica Kelly , 1988 single work criticism
— Appears in: A Sense of Exile : Essays in the Literature of the Asia-Pacific Region 1988; (p. 101-110)
'I Find Myself in Shakespeare' : Shakespeare, Race and National Identities Philippa Kelly , 1998 single work criticism
— Appears in: Coppertales : A Journal of Rural Arts , no. 5 1998; (p. 95-104)
Staging Mabo : The Recent Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: 'And What Books Do You Read?' : New Studies in Australian Literature 1996; (p. 112-125)
`Golden Age' to Set Rep Patrons' Hearts Fluttering Robert Macklin , 1993 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 7 April 1993; (p. 3)
"Can We Start Doing it Better?" Alanna Maclean (interviewer), 1993 single work interview
— Appears in: Muse , April no. 118 1993; (p. 4-5)
Nowra's Golden Rage Sally Macmillan (interviewer), 1989 single work criticism biography interview
— Appears in: The Australian Magazine , 16-17 December 1989; (p. 11)
y The Theatre of Louis Nowra Veronica Kelly , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 1998 Z543914 1998 single work criticism
'The Circle is Burst' : Eschatological Discourse in Louis Nowra's Sunrise and The Golden Age Gerry Turcotte , 1987 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australasian Drama Studies , October no. 11 1987; (p. 65-77) Span , April no. 24 1987; (p. 63-80) The AustLit Anthology of Criticism 2010; (p. 47)
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)
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  • Hobart, Southeast Tasmania, Tasmania,
  • Bush,
  • 1930s
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