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Issue Details: First known date: 1929... 1929 Only an Actor's Dream
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An elderly, out-of-work and broke vaudeville performer sits huddled on a bench at St Kilda on Christmas Eve. His situation has been brought about in part by the decline in work opportunities as many 'legitimate' theatres turn to film exhibition and also because his type of act is now out of date. He begins to recall some of the people he'd worked with or seen during his career.

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Link: PANDORA Archive (Sighted 28/01/2014)
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    y separately published work icon Australian Variety Theatre Archive : Popular Culture Entertainment: 1850-1930 Clay Djubal , Z1787295 2011 website

    The Australian Variety Theatre Archive (AVTA) is an independent, not-for-profit research website devoted to the period of theatrical activity in Australia that might be considered the 'golden years' of minstrelsy and vaudeville. The motivation for the site has been the need to rectify the exceedingly poor amount of research directed towards this area of Australian history and thus address the many myths, inaccuracies and gaps that are to be found in the present historical record.

    The AVTA's primary objectives are two-fold: To celebrate and advance our knowledge of the Australian variety theatre industry which operated between the mid-1800s and the late-1920s/early-1930s; and to provide an on-going information archive which will serve as the basis for further research by both academics and historians, as well as by the general public.

    Variety entertainment during the period covered by the AVTA crossed many theatrical genres and media forms (including film and radio). The archive is primarily interested, however, in the following genres: burlesque minstrelsy (including minstrels farces) vaudeville revue revusical (one act musical comedies) pantomime. The archive is also looking to provide biographical details on the people involved in variety the performers (individuals and acts), entrepreneurs and managers, troupes, scenic artists, stage managers, front-of-house managers, costume and property-makers, choreographers, writers, composers, songwriters, lyricists directors, music directors, producers and associated industry practitioners (journalists/critics, advance representatives etc).

    The AVTA also publishes Mixed Bag, a monograph series devoted to variety theatre and popular culture entertainment.

    Source: (Sighted 23/06/2011)

    Section: Texts: Published
    Note: See: Poetry & Short Stories
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    y separately published work icon Everyone's 11 December 1929 Z1454676 1929 periodical issue 1929 pg. 76-77
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  • St Kilda, Caulfield - St Kilda area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,
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