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Zahra Newman in Wake in Fright. A new adaptation of Kenneth Cook’s novel retells the story of a man’s descent into violent masculinity with a female voice, accompanied by visual and aural spectacle. Pia Johnson

A radical new adaptation eviscerates the dominance of male voices in Wake in Fright

In a new adaptation of the classic Australian novel, the story of masculinity and despair in the outback is told through a female voice.
Scott Sheridan and Natasha Herbert in Cloudstreet, a new production of the stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s literary epic. Pia Johnson

In Cloudstreet, nostalgia all too easily redeems Australia’s colonial past

A new production of Cloudstreet - the play adapted from Tim Winton's literary epic - is visually arresting. But despite a diverse cast, Indigenous characters remain spectral and peripheral.
Documentary play drawing on drama classrooms from England to Taiwan tells the story of global youth. From Left: Aldrin Bundoc, Zorana Sadiq, Amaka Umeh, Loretta Yu, Stephen Jackman-Torkoff, Liisa Repo-Martell. And in the foreground: Emilio Viera. Aleksander Antonijevic/Project Humanity/Crow’s Theatre

Youth find hope for the future through documentary play

A study that showed youth in five global cities lose hope as they grow into adulthood was turned into an elegant and beautiful documentary play with a plea to listen to the urgent calls of youth.
Saoirse Ronan as Mary Stuart in Josie Rourke’s 2018 film Mary Queen of Scots. Liam Daniel/Focus Features

Mary, Queen of Scots is newly relevant in the age of #MeToo

Was Mary Stuart a passionate and jealous failed queen, or a brave and complex woman? Opposing representations in a new film and play reflect modern anxieties about women's agency and leadership.

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