Issue Details: First known date: 1987... 1987 Festival of Firsts
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'There is a saying that great drama is born of great struggle, and the recent and first National Black Playwrights Conference gives weight to that view. The two-week conference at the [Australian National University] which ended on Saturday gave Aboriginal playwrights the opportunity to see their as-yet-unperformed plays on stage. Nine plays and five film scripts were workshopped.'


  • The First National Black Playwrights’ Conference was held in Canberra in January 1987, at the Australian National University. It was organised by Brian Syron (1935–1993), an Aboriginal actor and director with international experience. Syron was also instrumental in establishing the Australian National Playwrights Conference in 1973. The second National Black Playwrights’ Conference was held in Sydney in 1989.

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    y The Canberra Times 22 January 1987 7048694 1987 newspaper issue 1987 pg. 1 Section: The Good Times
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