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  • Read on for more information about AustLit’s role in recording and supporting research into Australian performance texts.

  • History of Performance Texts on AustLit

    AustLit has a rich history of recording Australian performance works, from drama to film and television to radio.

  • AustLit's collection of drama records began with the core Australian Drama research project, which absorbed content from AustLit director Kerry Kilner's specialist research project From Page to Stage: An Annotated Bibliography of Australian Drama.

    In 2006, the Australian Popular Theatre research project began, focusing on popular entertainment (such as vaudeville, burlesque, and pantomime) from the 1850s to the present day.

    In 2009, ScreenLit was established, building on existing film and television records to create an information-rich history of Australian film since 1900 and Australian television since 1956, as well as the careers of Australian script-writers overseas.

  • AustLit's commitment to tracing Australia's performance works continues: as well as the ongoing process of adding new records to the database, AustLit is currently undertaking the digitisation of mid-twentieth-century playscripts, bringing forgotten or neglected works back to the forefront of Australian literary history.

  • As of early 2017, AustLit records details of more than 9000 plays, 4000 films, 900 television series, and 1200 radio plays.

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  • Exhibitions, Information Trails, and Research Projects

    AustLit regularly collates specific subsets of our data and presents them as online exhibitions or information trails. We also support and publish research projects by AustLit staff and external researchers.

    You can find all the exhibitions and trails by checking out AustLit's research page, or explore the tiles below for performance-based exhibitions.

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      Players: Australian Actors

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      Australians and Adaptation (1900-2014)

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      The Australian Drama Archive

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      Noongar Theatre and Film

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      The Crawfords Archive

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      The Manuscripts of Dorothy Blewett

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      World War I and Film (1914 to 2014)

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      Digger Entertainment (1916-1935)

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      Silent Films in Australian Newspapers

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      Australian Film on the Internet Archive

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