Thucydides’ description of the plague that struck Athens in 430 BC is one of the great passages of Greek literature. It focusses on the social response, both of those who died and those who survived.
In the popular Australian TV series Wentworth, the setting of a women's prison is a pressure-cooker for drama. The setting also allows for greater representation of diverse female characters.
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.
Perfectionism-driven social anxiety means young men will also be susceptible to ideological scripting of behaviour on TV.
Long a repressed language, the Scots tongue is experiencing a cultural resurgence thanks to popular drama and storytelling.
The 1970s transformed Australian drama. It was a time of imaginative brilliance as the Empire wrote back.
Brilliant performances from the two central characters are undermined by a confused production.
Popcorn packets and phone use in the theatre can be very distracting, but it's nothing compared to what performers had to put up with in the past.
The BBC's dark drama reveals just how thin the veneer of middle-class respectability can be.
Some have denounced the New York Public Theater for encouraging violence against President Trump. But the play does just the opposite, warning of the pitfalls of political assassination.
Podcast drama is becoming increasingly big business.
Through subtle parallels to our own lives and choices, literature can help us make sense of political upheavals.
A prescriptive English curriculum is in danger of making writing boring for primary school children.
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.
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.
Digital technology has given an old format a new lease of life.
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.
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?
'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 ...'
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.