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Alternative title: Huŷèn thoại m̂ọt giòng nứơc
Issue Details: First known date: 1995... 1995 The History of Water
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Notes

  • Vietnamese title lacking accents.
  • The radio adaptation was shortlisted for the 1994 NSW State Literary Awards and at the 1995 Berlin Prix Futura.

Production Details

  • First performed at the Wharf Studio, Sydney, 3 June 1992. Also produced in London (1994), Canada (1995), and ABC Radio (1994).

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Language: English , Vietnamese
Notes:
English text interspersed with Vietnamese passages.
    • Paddington, Kings Cross area, Inner Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales,: Currency Press , 1995 .
      Extent: 56p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Note/s:
      • Introduced by Sneja Gunew. Foreword 'Exploring the Space between Language and Time', by Noelle Janaczewska.
      ISBN: 086819395X
      Series: Currency Plays Currency Press (publisher), series - publisher

Works about this Work

'Homescapes' and Identity Reformations in Australian Multicultural Drama Joanne Tompkins , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Research International , vol. 26 no. 1 2001; (p. 47-59)
A consideration of identity formation in contemporary Australian multicultural theatre is offered through a re-assessment of the unsettled (and unsettling) constructions of Australia as 'home' in the work of three playwrights. William Yang's Sadness disrupts a localized perception of home, space, and cultural communities to amalgamate two disparate communities (the queer/homosexual community in Sydney and the Asian-Australian, or 'Austasian' community) into a reconfigured Australian identity. Janis Balodis's The Ghosts Trilogy uses many actors who play across the unsettled lines of history, amid numerous voices, homes, and homelands that indicate the enormity of what 'Australia' comes to signify. Noëlle Janaczewska's The History of Water constructs a way of locating the self by means of a metaphoric home as each character establishes herself on a psychic plane rather than choosing the strictly physical locations to which she has access. In their interrogations of home and homeland, these plays challenge assumptions regarding identity, disrupt notions of the ultimate ownership of land/culture by anyone, and problematize the idea of settlement as it is currently articulated in Australia.
Eat the Table Noëlle Janaczewska , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Time : Papers, Perfomances and Images from Playworks Playing with Time Festival Held at the Wharf Theatre, Sydney 13-15 October 1995 1996; (p. 57-71)
Janaczewska discusses her writing of the works listed above.
Untitled Rodney Wissler , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Summer vol. 8 no. 3 1996; (p. 132-136)

— Review of The Gap Anna Broinowski , 1995 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama ; The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Five Plays by Women Thérèse Radic , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 179 1996; (p. 52-53)

— Review of The Gap Anna Broinowski , 1995 single work drama ; Feet of Clay Betty Roland , 1928 single work drama ; The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife Mary E. Wilkinson , 1922 single work drama ; Delphiniums Catherine Shepherd , 1943 single work drama ; Playing the Past : Three Plays by Australian Women Catherine Shepherd , Mary E. Wilkinson , Betty Roland , 1995 selected work drama ; The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Waterlogged Philosophies Rosemary Neill , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 June 1992; (p. 18)

— Review of The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Five Plays by Women Thérèse Radic , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , April no. 179 1996; (p. 52-53)

— Review of The Gap Anna Broinowski , 1995 single work drama ; Feet of Clay Betty Roland , 1928 single work drama ; The Lighthouse Keeper's Wife Mary E. Wilkinson , 1922 single work drama ; Delphiniums Catherine Shepherd , 1943 single work drama ; Playing the Past : Three Plays by Australian Women Catherine Shepherd , Mary E. Wilkinson , Betty Roland , 1995 selected work drama ; The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Untitled Rodney Wissler , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Imago : New Writing , Summer vol. 8 no. 3 1996; (p. 132-136)

— Review of The Gap Anna Broinowski , 1995 single work drama ; Composing Venus Elaine Acworth , 1995 single work drama ; The Family Jill Shearer , 1994 single work drama ; The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Monsoon and Desert Fail to Mesh Bob Evans , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 5 June 1992; (p. 14)

— Review of The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
Waterlogged Philosophies Rosemary Neill , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian , 5 June 1992; (p. 18)

— Review of The History of Water Noëlle Janaczewska , 1995 single work drama
'Homescapes' and Identity Reformations in Australian Multicultural Drama Joanne Tompkins , 2001 single work criticism
— Appears in: Theatre Research International , vol. 26 no. 1 2001; (p. 47-59)
A consideration of identity formation in contemporary Australian multicultural theatre is offered through a re-assessment of the unsettled (and unsettling) constructions of Australia as 'home' in the work of three playwrights. William Yang's Sadness disrupts a localized perception of home, space, and cultural communities to amalgamate two disparate communities (the queer/homosexual community in Sydney and the Asian-Australian, or 'Austasian' community) into a reconfigured Australian identity. Janis Balodis's The Ghosts Trilogy uses many actors who play across the unsettled lines of history, amid numerous voices, homes, and homelands that indicate the enormity of what 'Australia' comes to signify. Noëlle Janaczewska's The History of Water constructs a way of locating the self by means of a metaphoric home as each character establishes herself on a psychic plane rather than choosing the strictly physical locations to which she has access. In their interrogations of home and homeland, these plays challenge assumptions regarding identity, disrupt notions of the ultimate ownership of land/culture by anyone, and problematize the idea of settlement as it is currently articulated in Australia.
Eat the Table Noëlle Janaczewska , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Telling Time : Papers, Perfomances and Images from Playworks Playing with Time Festival Held at the Wharf Theatre, Sydney 13-15 October 1995 1996; (p. 57-71)
Janaczewska discusses her writing of the works listed above.
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