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Australia has been establishing stronger links with Asia—but has been unable to shake off the British monarchy Australia's landmass—which can be viewed as the world's largest ...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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... ( 1960 ). In the belligerent assertion of middle-aged Alf Cook 's opening line, ‘I'm a bloody Australian and I'll always stand up for bloody Australia,’ lay the seeds of betrayal of a radical tradition. A one-time principle of survival had become a statement of loss, bigotry and delusion. Seymour urged his audiences to re-think Australianness, not simply to react to jingoistic catch cries about Australians and Australia, and created a new-generation Australian to bear the brunt of the anger and insecurity which came with losing grip on past glories. The...

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Alan Brissenden

The Oxford Companion to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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...We Play It: Australia Plays Shakespeare (2011) Gaby, Rosemary , Open-Air Shakespeare: Under Australian Skies (2014) Gay, Penny , ‘Australian Newspaper Reviewers of Shakespeare: Writing with the Head or with the Heart?’, Cahiers Elisabéthains , Special 40th Anniversary Issue (2012) Golder, John , and Madelaine, Richard (eds.), O Brave New World: Two Centuries of Shakespeare on the Australian Stage (2000) Rickard, John , ‘Shakespeare’, in Philip Parsons (ed.), Companion to Theatre in Australia (1995) ‘Shakespeare in Australia’, in William...

State Theatre Company of South Australia

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Theatre Company of South Australia Founded in 1965 as the South Australian Theatre Company, it had uncertain beginnings, lacking a permanent venue. In 1972 the company became a statutory body and, with the opening of the Adelaide Festival Centre, resident company at the Playhouse. It has staged productions at other venues – primarily at Theatre 62 and The Space at the Festival Centre – but since 1986 has mounted the majority of its work in the Playhouse. The company has undergone several changes of profile and has had six artistic directors since ...

Australia

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The country's first conventional theatre was opened in 1796 by an ex-convict, Robert Sideaway – and closed two years later after a spate of robberies on the unattended homes of ...
Australian Performing Group

Australian Performing Group (1968–81)   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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... Performing Group ( 1968–81 ) Australian theatre company. Based in Melbourne , the APG originated as the La Mama Company at the La Mama Theatre in 1968 when writers, actors, directors, and designers formed a cooperative dedicated to devising and performing mostly Australian work. In a time when established companies largely restricted themselves to imported products, the new group established a reputation for local creations with a distinctive style, favouring Australian narratives and with an emphasis on physicality. In 1970 the company became...

Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust

Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...bringing, in its words, ‘the best entertainment from around the world’; as a pioneer in promoting developments in the performing arts in Australia; and as a promoter of serious works with an Australian content, and of more popular Australian productions of hit shows from New York and London. However, with changes in theatre funding and the advent of new production organizations, the Trust was left with no role to fill, and it ceased functioning in the 1990s. Michael...

State Theatre Company of South Australia

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Founded in 1965 as the South Australian Theatre Company, it had uncertain beginnings, lacking a permanent venue. In 1972 the company became a statutory body and, with the opening of ...
Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust

Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust  

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Established in 1954 in Sydney to commemorate the Queen's first visit to Australia. The Trust's purpose as laid down in its charter was to develop the performing arts at a ...
Anderson, Dame Judith

Anderson, Dame Judith (1898–1992)   Quick reference

An A-Z Guide to Shakespeare (2 ed.)

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2013

...Dame Judith ( 1898–1992 ) American actor born in Australia who achieved fame principally in tragic roles including Lady Macbeth, Gertrude, and Hamlet, which she played at the age of...

Roland, Betty

Roland, Betty (22 July 1903)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Betty [ Mary Isobel Maclean ] (b. Kaniva, Victoria, Australia , 22 July 1903 ; d. Sydney , 12 Feb. 1996 ) Playwright and novelist . Her first play, The Touch of Silk ( 1928 ), stands as one of the most distinctive and impressive of early Australian plays; though the plotting is somewhat contrived, her portrayal of the central figure and the evocation of the isolated farm community where she lives are memorable and intense. She returned to Australia in 1935 after 15 months in the Soviet Union, and wrote a number of short political plays and...

Hole in the Wall Theatre

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...a commitment to Australian, and particularly West Australian, drama. It has changed locale three times, but on each occasion has sought to provide an intimate open stage environment, seating between 150 and 300. Since its move into the Subiaco Theatre Centre in 1984 , and the uncertainties following from the Australia Council's withdrawal of subsidy in 1981 (subsequently reinstated), the programming has shifted from the innovative to one that reflects the demands of the box office, coinciding with the amalgamation with the Western Australian Theatre Company...

Playbox Theatre Centre

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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... it moved into its headquarters at the former Playbox Theatre, where it soon established itself as one of Australia's fastest-growing companies, continuing its programme of promoting Australian talent in every area – writing, directing, acting, designing. After a disastrous fire in 1984 , it performed in a variety of venues before the conversion of a former malthouse into a two-theatre complex. It has performed many Australian plays and staged Australian premières of important overseas works, particularly from America. In 1990 it changed its name from...

Davis, Jack

Davis, Jack (11 March 1917)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...Jack [ Leonard ] (b. Perth, Australia , 11 March 1917 ; d. Freemantle, Western Australia , 17 March 2000 ) Indigenous playwright , poet , activist ; best known for his trilogy The Dreamers ( 1981 ), No Sugar ( 1986 ) and Barungin ( 1988 ), which rivals the achievement of any sequence by an Australian playwright. The plays deal with black Australians in a drama which is overwhelmingly white, recording the struggles of his people, the Nyoongah – the first Australians of the south-west of the continent – from 1929 to the present. Each play...

Bell, John

Bell, John (1 Nov. 1940)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...John (b. Newcastle, NSW, Australia , 1 Nov. 1940 ) Actor and director . After acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company ( 1964–9 ), Bell returned to Sydney in time for a local theatre boom and directed its first national success, The Legend of King O'Malley . In 1970 , he co-founded the Nimrod Theatre Company , of which he was artistic director for 15 years, directing many Australian premières. The performances for which he will be remembered – Cyrano , Arturo Ui , Shylock , C. S. Lewis – have rarely been ‘Australian’. In 1991 he founded the...

Holt, Bland

Holt, Bland (24 March 1851)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...career as a pantomime clown and comic actor. His first Australian productions in the 1880s were careful reconstructions of earlier successes at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane . In the 1890s he discovered the appeal of local settings and specialized in re-setting spectacular melodramas from their English origins. An important figure at the start of the twentieth century, he retired a wealthy man in 1909 . Jeremy Eccles Katharine Brisbane , Entertaining Australia (1991) Margaret Williams , Australia on the Popular Stage ...

McMahon, Gregan

McMahon, Gregan (2 March 1874)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...Barker to Australian audiences by founding both the Melbourne and Sydney Repertory Theatres with amateur casts whom he trained. He also encouraged local playwriting, premièring Esson 's The Time Is Not Yet Ripe ( 1912 ). In the 1920s, with commercial backing, he founded the first professional repertories in the country. In 1936 , Shaw allowed him to direct the English-language première of The Millionairess . Shaw once said, ‘My impressions of Australia are sheep and Gregan McMahon.’ Jeremy Eccles Katharine Brisbane , Entertaining Australia (1991)...

Elisha, Ron

Elisha, Ron (19 Dec. 1951)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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...Ron (b. Jerusalem , 19 Dec. 1951 ) Playwright and doctor who emigrated from Israel to Melbourne in 1953 . His earlier dramas are not set in Australia, nor does he treat distinctively Australian themes, preferring questions which reflect his Jewish concerns, combining these with questions of ethics and moral and political responsibility. He ranges from the two-hander ( Two , 1982 ) to the epic ( Einstein , 1981 ), and from the almost cinematic treatment of the complexities of a human biography ( Pax Americana , 1984 ) to shrewd domestic comedy (...

Porter, Hal

Porter, Hal (16 Feb. 1911)   Reference library

The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...of great theatrical craft if not great intellectual or social substance. He has also written a book of theatre biography entitled Stars of the Australian Stage and Screen ( 1965 ). Porter's full-time writing career began at age 50. Before that, as a sometime actor and theatrical producer, he contributed to the life of Australia's little theatre . His plays helped sustain the tenuous thread of Australian content within that movement, especially at the Brett Randall–Irene Mitchell St Martin's Theatre in Melbourne. In this important contribution he joins...

Nimrod Theatre Company

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...over a decade Australia's most innovative company. From the outset its hallmark was its production style – a clearly recognizable mix of the local, colourful, comic and irreverent. It fostered new Australian writing, and by the end of 1984 had presented 205 plays, 138 of which were by Australian authors. In 1974 it moved to a converted salt and tomato sauce factory, which became a two-theatre, open-space venue. (The company's first premises at Nimrod Street became the home of the Griffin Theatre Company.) Nimrod premièred major Australian and European...

Adelaide

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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...in South Australia, with professional productions offered only by touring companies such as the Old Vic , J. C. Williamson and the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust . But with the founding of the Adelaide Festival in 1960 , which has become the major international arts festival of the southern hemisphere and which (unlike Edinburgh , on which it was modelled) takes place every two years, the move towards the establishment of a major subsidized professional theatre company gained momentum. This led to the setting up of the South Australian Theatre...

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