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'The 2012 annual Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture "The Resonating Space" delivered by Andrew Upton discusses how theatre must evolve with our culture and live in a contemporary context. "Theatre exists in the present," Upton emphasises. "While theatre has a profound history and ties to our shared culture, it's not a bookish history. It's more important to tell stories for today's audience than to be faithful to history. When adapting a script I choose language that speaks to our contemporary audience, but that resonates with the history of the play. Theatre is 'a monster that forgets' as Dion Boucicault wept. It is a resonating space that must be re-tuned by every generation and then played on human gut strings that link us all the way back to the caves."' Source: (Sighted 03/12/2012).


  • A transcript of the 2012 Philip Parsons Memorial Lecture delivered by Andrew Upton at Belvoir Street Theatre, Sydney, Sunday 2 December 2012 can be accessed at

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    y The Australian 3 December 2012 Z1904831 2012 newspaper issue 2012 pg. 3
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