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29 May 2014

The Australian Bad Play

Jana Perković weighs in on the pitfalls of Australian playwriting: I'd like to introduce you to Australian bad plays. All of them, however disparate they may seem, have failed in the same way – the Australian way. Plays of this kind appear on dozens of Australian stages every week between Wednesday evening and Sunday afternoon. And at the end of each one, the audience comes out of the theatre saying to each other, politely, but without conviction: "Well, that was interesting, wasn't it?" And the choice of timid non-commitment instead of passionate rage expressed here, outside of our half-dozen hypothetical theatres, is only another instance of the rhetorical substitution of niceness for truth that had happened inside. The failure of the Australian play is the same as the failure of the Australian dinner conversation, television discussions, and public debates. Not all Australian plays, dinner conversations, and public debates fail in their purpose; but when they do, they fail similarly.
27 May 2014

Tom's picks for May - Community Theatre

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for community theatre groups.
21 May 2014

Tom's picks for May - Tertiary

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for tertiary study.
20 May 2014

Tom's picks for May - Schools

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for secondary teachers.
1 May 2014

Australian plays on stage - May 2014

Selected highlights from across the country this month.
29 Apr 2014

The Critical Gap

The one thing you can say with certainty about the business of theatre criticism over the past decade is that it’s been volatile. In Australia, the initial excitement of the digital revolution is now well over. Over the past couple of years the rise of substantial online arts portals, from ABC Arts Online, to the Guardian, to Crikey’s Daily Review, to Time Out, to ArtsHub, means there is suddenly a plethora of outlets for arts reviewing, which to some degree makes up for diminishing coverage in mainstream mastheads. But has anything really changed? I’m not sure. In all the panic about shrinking opportunities, how much have we reimagined what criticism is, and what it could be.
29 Apr 2014

Small and Tired

Kit Brookman’s Small and Tired is loosely based on the myths surrounding the curse of the house of Atreus – the sacrifice of Iphigenia for good winds and success at Troy, and the family bloodbath that followed.
16 Apr 2014

Tom's picks for April - Tertiary

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for tertiary study.
16 Apr 2014

Tom's picks for April - Community Theatre

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for community theatre groups.
9 Apr 2014

Tom's picks for April - Schools

Every month or so our Literary Manager Tom Healey delves into our extensive catalogue and suggests plays suitable for secondary teachers.

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