'The first Australian National Playwrights Centre (ANPC) was founded in 1973 – the age of bongs, thongs and social wrongs. Australian drama was by then well into its Biggest Renaissance Ever. The Pram Factory
and Nimrod Theatre
had been going for three years, La Mama for five. Whitlam had doubled the arts budget and “Nugget” Coombs
, the first Chair of the Australia Council, was managing the ballooning expectations this gave rise to. ...'