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  • Kester Berwick (1903-1992)

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    Source: Mail (Adelaide) 16 January 1932, p.1

    Kester Berwick was an actor, dramatist, journalist, author and teacher. Also known as Frank Perkins and Kester Baruch, he was a journalist, playwright, actor, author and teacher whose career in the arts in Australia was carried out between the mid-1920s and 1935, and again between 1940 and 1952. Although he completed several novels, only one, Head of Orpheus Singing (1973) has been published. As a theatre practitioner he (as Kester Baruch) and Alan Harkness were at the forefront of Australian experimental theatre during the early 1930s.

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  • The Plays

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      The Robe of Yama

    • Judgement Day

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      Ladder Game

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      That Day of the Speaking Leaves

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      Sleepy Lagoon

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      Archway Motif

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      Woman Song

  • Significant Work about Kester Berwick

    Explore the few works written about Kester Berwick and his works through his AustLit record.

  • Corfu: A Novel by Robert Dessaix

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    Source: Pan Macmillan
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    Source: Good Reads
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    Image courtesy of publisher's website.

    '"House in Gastouri for rent for 2 mths. Occupant travelling. Reasonable rent."

    In a village on the island of Corfu, alone in the cottage of a man he's never met, a young Australian actor pieces together the strange life story of the writer whose house he's living in. As he explores his surroundings and makes new friends in Corfu, his own life begins to appear to him like an illuminating shadow-play of his absent host's.

    Set in the physical landscapes of the Greek islands, Adelaide and the suburbs of London, Robert Dessaix's second novel is about friendship, love, the ordinary and extraordinary.

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    Dessaix's novel has, as its central character Kester Berwick. It is set on the island of Corfu where Berwick lived for many years.

  • Image Credits

    All images used are under Creative Commons CC0. They have been edited for publication.


    The Robe of Yama

    Untitled, Pixabay. Source


    Judgement Day

    'Design for Fringed Curtain', Anonymous, early 19th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source


    Ladder Game

    'Jacob's Ladder', Wenceslaus Hollar. Source


    The Day of the Speaking Leaves

    Untitled, Shi-tao. Source


    Sleepy Lagoon

    'Nocturne', James McNeill Whistler, Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source


    Archway Motif

    'Design for Decorated Archway, Monaco Pavilion', Jules-Edmond-Charles Lachaise  and Eugène-Pierre Gourdet, 1878. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source


    Woman Song

    Helmet with Feather Crest (清 羽飾頭盔), 17th-18th century. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Source

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