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In 1925 American anthropologist Margaret Mead visited Samoa on a research trip and thought that she had discovered a utopian society, free of the restrictive social conventions of western societies. Her revelations of promiscuity among Samoan teenagers made her the guru of generations of academics and the 1960s' aficionados of sex, rock 'n' roll and free speech.

In 1983 Australian academic Derek Freeman exposed Mead's findings as fraudulent, and revealed the story of how, and why, the Samoans had duped her. Heretic, David Williamson's controversial new play, explores the lifetime obessions of two remarkable headstrong protagonists. It also takes us inside the psyche of Derek Freeman, an iconoclast who was prepared to risk his marriage and shatter his career in the pursuit of truth. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).

Notes

  • Dedication: To Derek and Monica Freeman and to the late Margaret Mead who, in Freeman's words, 'asked the right question'.

Production Details

  • First produced by the Sydney Theatre Company at the Drama Theatre, Sydney Opera House, 28 March 1996. Director: Wayne Harrison. There was a great deal of controversy over the production with Williamson disagreeing over the direction.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Melbourne, Victoria,: Sydney, New South Wales,:Penguin ,Currency Press , 1996 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
The Making and Unmaking of Margaret Mead, David Williamson , 1996 single work criticism (p. 7-11)

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Works about this Work

Plays Offer "Asian-Pacific Interface" Dennis Carroll , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 11 no. 1 1997; (p. 63-64,65)

— Review of Heretic : Based on the Life of Derek Freeman David Williamson , 1996 single work drama ; Fortune Hilary Bell , 1995 single work drama ; Pacific Union : The Story of the San Francisco Forty-Fivers Alex Buzo , 1995 single work drama
His Passion is Anger Stewart Hawkins , 1996 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 24 February 1996; (p. 41)
Heresy Paul McGillick , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 55 no. 2 1996; (p. 258-266) Australian Humanities Review , July - August no. 2 1996;
Critical Analysis, Controversy and a Hat-Trick of Success Jim Schembri , 1996 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Age , 14 August 1996; (p. B19)
Heresy for Some: Paradise is a PC-Free World Leonie Lamont , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 March 1996; (p. 3)
Heretic Thornton McCamish , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Big Issue , 12 August-25 August no. 4 1996; (p. 36)

— Review of Heretic : Based on the Life of Derek Freeman David Williamson , 1996 single work drama
Paperbacks Graham Clark , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: The Courier-Mail , 6 July 1996; (p. wkd 7)

— Review of Heretic : Based on the Life of Derek Freeman David Williamson , 1996 single work drama
Untitled Jack Hibberd , 1996 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , August no. 183 1996; (p. 42-43)

— Review of Heretic : Based on the Life of Derek Freeman David Williamson , 1996 single work drama
Plays Offer "Asian-Pacific Interface" Dennis Carroll , 1997 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 11 no. 1 1997; (p. 63-64,65)

— Review of Heretic : Based on the Life of Derek Freeman David Williamson , 1996 single work drama ; Fortune Hilary Bell , 1995 single work drama ; Pacific Union : The Story of the San Francisco Forty-Fivers Alex Buzo , 1995 single work drama
A Full Flowering at Last James Waites , 1995 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 1 April 1995; (p. 14)

— Review of Heretic : Based on the Life of Derek Freeman David Williamson , 1996 single work drama
Heretic: Controversial Play Opens in ACT 1996 single work column
— Appears in: The Canberra Times , 13 June 1996; (p. 2)
Heresy for Some: Paradise is a PC-Free World Leonie Lamont , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 4 March 1996; (p. 3)
Heresy Paul McGillick , 1996 single work criticism
— Appears in: Meanjin , Winter vol. 55 no. 2 1996; (p. 258-266) Australian Humanities Review , July - August no. 2 1996;
His Passion is Anger Stewart Hawkins , 1996 single work criticism biography
— Appears in: The Saturday Mercury , 24 February 1996; (p. 41)
Heretic Playwright Turns to Working-Class Rebellion Amanda Meade , 1996 single work column biography
— Appears in: The Australian , 21 March 1996; (p. 3)
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