Playwrights in the 70s single work   criticism  
Issue Details: First known date: 2009 2009
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'Many of the playwrights of the New Wave rose, shone briefly, and then sank without a trace, in a theatre culture that briefly supported them and then moved on. Alexander Buzo and Alma De Groen, and to a lesser extent Jim McNeil, were major dramatists whose plays have never become a regular part of the repertoir in the way that the plays of White and Williamson have. This chapter also covers the remarkable work of Reg Livermore, a performer, who wrote his own material in the 1970s for a series of highly original shows.'


  • Contains image from a scene in the 1988 Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Rivers of China.

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    y Belonging : Australian Playwriting in the 20th Century John McCallum , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2009 Z1576280 2009 multi chapter work criticism

    'John McCallum's new history explores the relationship between 20th century Australian drama and a developing concept of nation. The book focuses on the creative tension sparked by dueling impulses between nationalism and cosmopolitanism; and between artistic seriousness and larrikin populism. It explores issues such as the domineering influence of European high culture, the ongoing popularity of representational realism, the influence of popular theatrical forms, the ambivalence (between affection and aggression) of much Australian humour and satire, and the interaction between the personal and the political in drama.

    'The strength of Belonging is its comprehensiveness. Anyone studying an Australian play will find it here in the context of the other works by its author or the time and place in which it was written. As well as a rundown of the major writers and their works, the book also investigates a number of lesser known plays and writers.

    This authoritative study of Australian drama gives an account of the relationship between our theatre and our sense of self while taking into account a broad range of influences that helped to shape both.' (Publisher's blurb)

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2009
    pg. 187-208
Last amended 3 Jun 2009