Meyrick examines the performing arts in Australia. He looks at 'the past, accuses the theatre of being stuck in the 1970s and calls for an overhaul. His closely-observed argument reveals how the theatre has become hierarchical and competitive, that the once-thriving centre has been eaten away, leaving only the major institutions and the fringe. Meyrick proposes a more democratic structure, abandoning the funding wars and developing a genuinely national strategy. He demonstrates why the old ways are paralysing new thought and outlines the first steps towards change.'