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form Bantam, a Real Book single work   drama   radio play  
Issue Details: First known date: 2003... 2003 Bantam, a Real Book
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'This is a documantary play. It explores the relationship of a middle-aged woman and her son who in his early adult years, through the vehicle of writing a book together, on the phone, whilst living in country towns, 3000kms apart. The book they wrote is a real book, Bantam, by Terry Whitebeach and Michael Brown, and published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2002. The tone of their conversation is low key, almost off-hand, not high drama. The intimacy of their communication and the significance of what’s happening is undercut (and reinforced) by the casualness with which mother and son converse.’ Source: http://australianplays.org/script (Sighted 30/03/2011).

Production Details

  • Broadcast on ABC Airplay at the same time of of Bantam's serialisation on ABC Book Reading.

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Works about this Work

Place and People : Stories by and of Unemployed Youth in a Small Island Community Terry Whitebeach , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oral History Association of Australia Journal , no. 32 2010; (p. 48-51)

'Native American Writer Leslie Marmon Silko notes that within traditional Pueblo society, story telling (oral history) is part of a communal process of remembering, in which everyone is expected to listen and to speak up and contribute a detail or a fact that has been omitted, or to recount a conflicting version. People welcome even conflicting versions of events, recognising that loyalties, grudges and kinship influence narrative choices, and truth lies somewhere within the web of differing versions, disputes over minor points and outright contradictions arising from old feuds and rivalries.

This paper explores this way of oral history, and memory making. It focuses on accounts by and about unemployed young people in a rural community in Southern Tasmania. It discusses the way these accounts were collected, transcribed and transmuted, in a collaborative venture, into literature (to date, a novel and a radio play) in order to stand witness to a community's memory and experience and also to ensure that particular individuals not be shamed - a dialogue which includes the conflicting accounts, attitudes, opinions and versions whose effective coexistence is essential to maintaining co-operative interdependence in small island communities.' Source: The author.

Place and People : Stories by and of Unemployed Youth in a Small Island Community Terry Whitebeach , 2010 single work criticism
— Appears in: Oral History Association of Australia Journal , no. 32 2010; (p. 48-51)

'Native American Writer Leslie Marmon Silko notes that within traditional Pueblo society, story telling (oral history) is part of a communal process of remembering, in which everyone is expected to listen and to speak up and contribute a detail or a fact that has been omitted, or to recount a conflicting version. People welcome even conflicting versions of events, recognising that loyalties, grudges and kinship influence narrative choices, and truth lies somewhere within the web of differing versions, disputes over minor points and outright contradictions arising from old feuds and rivalries.

This paper explores this way of oral history, and memory making. It focuses on accounts by and about unemployed young people in a rural community in Southern Tasmania. It discusses the way these accounts were collected, transcribed and transmuted, in a collaborative venture, into literature (to date, a novel and a radio play) in order to stand witness to a community's memory and experience and also to ensure that particular individuals not be shamed - a dialogue which includes the conflicting accounts, attitudes, opinions and versions whose effective coexistence is essential to maintaining co-operative interdependence in small island communities.' Source: The author.

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