Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
Making writing fun again.
A prescriptive English curriculum is in danger of making writing boring for primary school children.
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the most famous – and most revived – Australian plays of all time.
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In 1955 two plays – The Torrents and Summer of the Seventeenth Doll – burst into Australian theatre. Funny and tragic in deeply Australian ways, they marked a new horizon of creative possibility.
‘Molly? Molly? MOLLY?’ Tony Barry as Keghead in Rusty Bugles.
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The best Australian play ever written is revolutionary in its treatment of plot, character and language. It has a weary, sardonic perspective on war and an unheroic worldview.
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Digital technology has given an old format a new lease of life.
Tang and Shakespeare’s dramas are being blended together in a series of adaptions.
Shakespeare was not the only famous dramatist to die in 1616. On the other side of the world, in China, another theatrical legend was laid to rest.
Louis XIV in new TV drama Versailles.
From the halcyon days of Louis XIV, the French global seat of power was soon pulled down by corruption, elitism and arbitrary rule. Sound familiar?
How might a cult assuage the anxieties of its followers?
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In Meyerism, the fictional cult in Hulu's new TV series "The Path," a psychologist sees similarities to real-life cults.
‘It’s peculiar the way in which viewers of my vintage judged the first part of Seven’s miniseries on its authenticity.’
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'I suppose that, as I'm 50, Molly is absolutely my demographic: I was nine when Countdown began and 23 when it ended, and I was a devotee for most of that time – a devotee who was often disgusted ...'
German director Jette Steckel has bought an urgent, vivid and highly phyiscal version of Woyzeck to the Sydney Festival.
Woyzeck, Sydney Festival 2016.
Jette Steckel has bought the Sydney Festival a version of Woyzeck that is as exciting, uncompromising and disturbing now as it was when it was first premiered in 1913.
Classic combination: brains, beauty and brawn.
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The actor always said that John Steed was a slightly exaggerated version of himself.
Freese Elementary first graders starting to paint a giant puppet with teaching artist Felix Diaz.
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Want kids to improve fluency in English language? Try dance and drama as teaching tools.
The oil fields of Lost Hills, California.
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The Appalachia of the West's gritty landscape is an ideal setting for the popular series' second season.
Much more relevant than your average period drama.
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It may be all Cornish landscapes, bizarre regional accents and heaving bosoms, but in its day the BBC drama was actually pretty radical.
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Playfulness is frowned upon in secondary school. It shouldn't be.
Brokentalkers Have I No Mouth directly tells a story of family grief and loss. Photo: Jeremy Abrahams.
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Have I No Mouth, an Irish play showing at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, opens with a short video: a pint of Guinness on a tour of Dublin, Ireland. It isn’t a glossy, tourist itinerary we see…
A fundamental aspect of drama is the need for rising tension.
A special thing happened in August this year: Foxtel launched BBC First, a premium channel showcasing the best of contemporary British television drama. As a global channel that chose Australia as its…
Photographs sometimes mean what they can be shown to mean.
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Drama and its core principles are to be found in theatres while the real world goes on outside, right? Wrong. And recent events bear this out. Dramaturgy is the art of managing events in time for the benefit…
All the world’s a stage to play on.
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Somewhere, in the depths of your memory, you can probably still recall a quote or two from Shakespeare. Everybody in the UK studies the Bard at school – whether they go on to love him or hate him. As leading…
The reimagining of previous Prisoner characters brings depth and empathy to a world of female criminals.
There’s no escaping it. Wentworth, FremantleMedia’s reimagining of the Reg Grundy cult classic TV series Prisoner, is packing a punch far above its weight – and probably all industry expectations. A project…