The swinging sixties arrived in Australian theatre with a bang.
The plays of Alex Buzo captured the spirit of rebellion of a new generation of theatre artists.
Actors read a new Indigenous play at the Yellamundie Festival.
© Jamie Williams courtesy of Sydney Festival
A development festival for Indigenous Australian playwrights showcased a range of stories: from the sharply comic tale of a woman hunting for her wayward husband to a powerful exploration of prison violence.
Robyn Nevin was horrible – and horribly funny – as Miss Docker in A Cheery Soul.
Robyn Nevin and Gillian Jones in A Cheery Soul, 2000, co-produced by STC and Belvoir St Theatre. Photo: Heidrun Löhr ©
An early review of Patrick White’s A Cheery Soul said it 'upset everybody who saw it'. But this extraordinary play, once a victim of 60s cultural cringe, marked a turning point in Australian theatre.
Theresienstadt ghetto / Andrew Shiva, Wikimedia Commons
Newly-discovered scripts reveal the public hopes, dreams and fears of prisoners in the World War II Jewish ghetto at Theresienstadt.
Woody Harrelson’s directorial debut, released this month, signals that we are in a new age of cinema.
Alison Whyte in Sydney Theatre Company’s The Testament of Mary.
The Testament of Mary is an interesting thought experiment but its narrative is improbable – historically, textually and theologically.
Monroe never performed in a formal theatre production, despite many key people in her life encouraging her to do so.
Marilyn Monroe was a magnetic film star, but she had the potential to be a truly great stage actress. Clues in her life point to a missed chance: to escape the pressure of Hollywood and blossom as a serious thespian.
What’s the collective noun for a group of pantomime dames?
Claims have been made that having a male panto dame in this day and age is sexist (Oh no it isn't!)
Summer of the Seventeenth Doll is one of the most famous – and most revived – Australian plays of all time.
Melbourne Theatre Company/Jeff Busby
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.
ABC/National Film and Sound Archive
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.
The Theatre Royal in Hobart, Australia’s oldest continuously operating theatre.
Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office/Flickr
The idea of a 'canon' changes over time and despite its elitist overtones, identifying one can be both illuminating and fun. In a new series, we nominate the best of Australian drama.
Assisted Suicide: The Musical.
There's a problematic bias in the way that assisted suicide is portrayed in the media.
Sydney Opera House during this year’s Vivid Festival: now, more than ever, we need artists to tell us the truth.
There was once a sense of excitement about creating a genuinely Australian culture and making our own way in the world. What's happened to that optimism?
An artwork by James C. Christensen, which represents Shakespeare with characters from all of his plays.
Attributing a Shakespeare work to another writer attracts plenty of critics. But an attribution specialist says his team's decision to name Christopher Marlowe as a co-author is based on state of the art research.
Emma Rice © Sarah Lee
For many, it is Rice’s advocacy of gender equality and diversity that define her short tenure at the Globe. So what happens next?
A portrait believed to be of Marlowe.
There is more than one hand at play behind some of Shakespeare's work, but it's not necessarily Marlowe's.
Robert Lepage explores his past, and the notion of memory, in his autobiographical show 887.
We all store parts of our memory outside of our head: in our phones, our computers and our friends. In 887, Robert Lepage brings his memory to life in a gloriously intricate one-man production.
Satirical, absurdist playwright Dario Fo dead aged 90.
Daniel Dal Zennaro/EPA
Over a lifetime's work, Dario Fo stood tall and would not bow to either artistic or political compromise.
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Victorians revelled in images and descriptions of murder and mutilation which would today be regarded as shocking.
Women in South African cultural industries feature prominently on stages and in studios, but not in its boardrooms.
South African creative and cultural industries have taken some early steps to elevate women to leadership positions, but there is still some way to go.