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Issue Details: First known date: 1989... 1989 The Keepers
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  • First produced by the Mainstreet Theatre Company, Town Hall, Naracoorte, SA, 25 February 1988. A revised version was later produced at the Troupe Theatre in Adelaide as part of the 1988 Adelaide Festival.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Notes:
Braille edition available.
Notes:
Revised version appears in Plays from Black Australia.
  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon Plays From Black Australia Coordah, Murras, The Dreamers, The Keepers. Jack Davis , Eva Johnson , Richard Walley , Bob Maza , Paddington : Currency Press , 1989 Z13325 1989 anthology drama (taught in 1 units)

    New writing from old Australians this collection presents Aboriginal playwrights using the dramatic form to tell how black and white Australians interact.'

    'These are modern, urban plays, but traditional beliefs give strength and resilience to many of the characters in them. These city dwellers are joined to the land and their dreaming, with ancient bonds of common belief; the four plays provide a remarkable, often humorous insight into Aboriginal experience in Australia.' (Source: backcover)

    Paddington : Currency Press , 1989
    pg. 167-229
    Note: Includes glossary.

Works about this Work

'Why, White Man, Why?' : White Australia as the Addressee of Apostrophe in Contemporary Aboriginal Writing Russell West-Pavlov , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik , vol. 50 no. 2 2002; (p. 166-178)

— Appears in: Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 23-36)
'Contemporary Australian indigenous literature is characterised by a remarkably prevalent use of apostrophic address directed at the white reader. This mode of direct address in black literary texts draws attention to the political dynamics moulding reader-writer relations in contemporary Australia. The article examines numerous examples of this direct mode of address in prose, poetry and drama, and argues that this direct mode of address is a central element in the message of black writers. The use of apostrophe implies the active 'positioning' of the white reader on the part of the indigenous speaker; only by virtue of this positioning is the reading process made possible. The direct mode of address in these texts thus demands that the reader take up a stance characterised by a readiness to listen attentively to black literary voices.' (Author's abstract)
The Dance as Text in Contemporary Australian Drama : Movement and Resistance Politics Helen Gilbert , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , January vol. 23 no. 1 1992; (p. 133-147)
On the Outskirts of European Literature Veronica Sen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 May 1990; (p. B11)

— Review of Writing from the Fringe : A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature Mudrooroo , 1990 single work criticism
Black and White in Australian Drama : Melbourne 1988 Geoffrey Milne , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , May vol. 9 no. 1 1990; (p. 33-43)
Plays From Black Australia : Introduction Justine Saunders , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Plays From Black Australia 1989; (p. vii-xi)
Untitled Suzanne Olb , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: New Theatre Australia , May 1988;

— Review of The Keepers Bob Maza , 1989 single work drama
Untitled Deborah Cornwall , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Advertiser , 4 March 1988;

— Review of The Keepers Bob Maza , 1989 single work drama
Untitled Leonard Radic , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Age , 26 April 1988;

— Review of The Keepers Bob Maza , 1989 single work drama
Untitled Bob Evans , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 27 May 1988;

— Review of The Keepers Bob Maza , 1989 single work drama
Untitled Michael Barnes , 1988 single work review
— Appears in: The Sun-Herald , 5 June 1988;

— Review of The Keepers Bob Maza , 1989 single work drama
'Why, White Man, Why?' : White Australia as the Addressee of Apostrophe in Contemporary Aboriginal Writing Russell West-Pavlov , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Zeitschrift fur Anglistik und Amerikanistik , vol. 50 no. 2 2002; (p. 166-178)

— Appears in: Imaginary Antipodes : Essays on Contemporary Australian Literature and Culture 2011; (p. 23-36)
'Contemporary Australian indigenous literature is characterised by a remarkably prevalent use of apostrophic address directed at the white reader. This mode of direct address in black literary texts draws attention to the political dynamics moulding reader-writer relations in contemporary Australia. The article examines numerous examples of this direct mode of address in prose, poetry and drama, and argues that this direct mode of address is a central element in the message of black writers. The use of apostrophe implies the active 'positioning' of the white reader on the part of the indigenous speaker; only by virtue of this positioning is the reading process made possible. The direct mode of address in these texts thus demands that the reader take up a stance characterised by a readiness to listen attentively to black literary voices.' (Author's abstract)
Black and White in Australian Drama : Melbourne 1988 Geoffrey Milne , 1990 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meridian , May vol. 9 no. 1 1990; (p. 33-43)
The Dance as Text in Contemporary Australian Drama : Movement and Resistance Politics Helen Gilbert , 1992 single work criticism
— Appears in: Ariel , January vol. 23 no. 1 1992; (p. 133-147)
Plays From Black Australia : Introduction Justine Saunders , 1989 single work criticism
— Appears in: Plays From Black Australia 1989; (p. vii-xi)
On the Outskirts of European Literature Veronica Sen , 1990 single work review
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 12 May 1990; (p. B11)

— Review of Writing from the Fringe : A Study of Modern Aboriginal Literature Mudrooroo , 1990 single work criticism
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