White with Wire Wheels single work   drama  
Issue Details: First known date: 1967 1967
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Production Details

  • First Produced at the University of Melbourne, Victoria, on 26 September 1967. Revised version first produced at The Perth Festival, Perth, Western Australia, by the Australian Performing Group (APG) [February] 1970.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

First known date: 1967
  • Appears in:
    y Plays Alex Buzo , Jack Hibberd , John Romeril , Harmondsworth Ringwood : Penguin , 1970 Z826268 1970 anthology drama (taught in 1 units) Four Australian Plays Harmondsworth Ringwood : Penguin , 1970
  • Appears in:
    y Four Australian Plays Graeme Blundell (editor), Ringwood : Penguin , 1973 Z542531 1973 anthology drama humour Ringwood : Penguin , 1973 pg. 149-230
  • Appears in:
    y Selected Plays Jack Hibberd , Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2000 Z795032 2000 selected work drama (taught in 3 units)

    Three landmark plays from the renaissance of Australian playwriting: 'White with Wire Wheels' was the first play to examine the insecurity inherent in the male culture of women and cars; 'Dimboola', a Rabelaisian account of a country wedding; Monk O'Neill, of 'A Stretch of the Imagination' has become an archetype of Australian character.

    Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2000
    pg. 1-64

Works about this Work

y Die Spielregeln Des Miteinanders : Jack Hibberds Dramatisches Werk Rules for Playing Together : Jack Hibberd's Dramatic Work Juliane Lochner , Berne : Peter Lang , 2001 Z864692 2001 single work criticism Discusses Hibberd's dramatic oeuvre, his themes, preoccupations, dramatic techniques and sources, and the development of his theatre career.
Introduction Paul McGillick , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Selected Plays 2000; (p. vii-xviii)
y Jack Hibberd Paul McGillick , Amsterdam : Rodopi , 1988 Z117642 1988 selected work criticism biography interview
Squibs : A Collection of Short Plays : Introduction D. J. O'Hearn , 1984 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Squibs : A Collection of Short Plays 1984; (p. 1-9)
Interview Elizabeth Perkins (interviewer), 1983 single work interview
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 11 no. 1 1983; (p. 5-21)
Jack Hibberd Peter Fitzpatrick , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: After 'The Doll' : Australian Drama Since 1955 1979; (p. 129-144)
Untitled I. Robinson , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 11-16 April 1977; (p. 25)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Four Australian Plays : Introduction Graeme Blundell , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Four Australian Plays 1973; (p. 7-13)
Untitled Bruce Knappett , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 June 1973; (p. 8)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
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)'.

Letter L. Blake , 1972 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sunday Telegraph , 3 December 1972; (p. 52)
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 1 November 1972; (p. 8)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled S. Elsenhuth , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Telegraph , 19 November 1972; (p. 53)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Superseded Model Brian Hoad , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 December vol. 94 no. 4832 1972; (p. 47)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled K. Kemp , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 25-30 December 1972; (p. 12)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Gillian Oxford , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 May 1972; (p. 21)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled T. Schick , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 1-8 December 1972; (p. 227)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 November 1972; (p. 23)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 June 1971; (p. 9)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Greg Curran , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Australian , 20 June 1971; (p. 26)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Quixote Alive Phillip Adams , 1967 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 14 October vol. 89 no. 4571 1967; (p. 60)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Chekhov Understood Phillip Adams , 1968 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 21 September vol. 90 no. 4620 1968; (p. 72-73)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Wet and Dry in the West D. Graham , 1970 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 28 February vol. 92 no. 4693 1970; (p. 46-47)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 15 June 1971; (p. 9)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Greg Curran , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: Sunday Australian , 20 June 1971; (p. 26)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled K. Kemp , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 14-19 June 1971; (p. 10)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled H. G. Kippax , 1971 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 7 June 1971; (p. 10)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Katharine Brisbane , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 1 November 1972; (p. 8)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled S. Elsenhuth , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sunday Telegraph , 19 November 1972; (p. 53)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Superseded Model Brian Hoad , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 2 December vol. 94 no. 4832 1972; (p. 47)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled K. Kemp , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 25-30 December 1972; (p. 12)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Gillian Oxford , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 17 May 1972; (p. 21)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled T. Schick , 1972 single work review
— Appears in: Nation Review , 1-8 December 1972; (p. 227)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled 1972 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 17 November 1972; (p. 23)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled Bruce Knappett , 1973 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 8 June 1973; (p. 8)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 single work drama
Untitled I. Robinson , 1977 single work review
— Appears in: The National Times , 11-16 April 1977; (p. 25)

— Review of White with Wire Wheels Jack Hibberd 1967 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
Jack Hibberd Peter Fitzpatrick , 1979 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: After 'The Doll' : Australian Drama Since 1955 1979; (p. 129-144)
Squibs : A Collection of Short Plays : Introduction D. J. O'Hearn , 1984 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: Squibs : A Collection of Short Plays 1984; (p. 1-9)
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)'.

y Jack Hibberd Paul McGillick , Amsterdam : Rodopi , 1988 Z117642 1988 selected work criticism biography interview
Interview Elizabeth Perkins (interviewer), 1983 single work interview
— Appears in: LiNQ , vol. 11 no. 1 1983; (p. 5-21)
Four Australian Plays : Introduction Graeme Blundell , 1973 single work criticism
— Appears in: Four Australian Plays 1973; (p. 7-13)
Letter L. Blake , 1972 single work correspondence
— Appears in: The Sunday Telegraph , 3 December 1972; (p. 52)
Introduction Paul McGillick , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Selected Plays 2000; (p. vii-xviii)
y Die Spielregeln Des Miteinanders : Jack Hibberds Dramatisches Werk Rules for Playing Together : Jack Hibberd's Dramatic Work Juliane Lochner , Berne : Peter Lang , 2001 Z864692 2001 single work criticism Discusses Hibberd's dramatic oeuvre, his themes, preoccupations, dramatic techniques and sources, and the development of his theatre career.
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