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Genres and Styles

When The Cultural Cringe Abated: Australian Drama in the 1970s

Happy and Holy: Barry Otto as Tockey, Ruth Cracknell as Cecilia McManus, Graham Rowe as Denny, Ron Hadrick as O’Halloran in a 1982 production by the Sydney Theatre Company. Photographer David Wilson. Julian Meyrick, Flinders University In our Great Australian Plays series, we nominate the best of Australian drama. If...

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Problems With Contemporary Theatre

1. Artificial Dialogue Unfortunately, too often in contemporary theatre we hear character dialogue that is artificial, particularly if it is intended to be naturalistic. Dialogue that is naturalistic should follow the nuances of everyday speech, containing words and phrases spoken by real people in genuine conversations. Authentic speech patterns, appropriate...

Stimulus Images for Drama: Fantasy

If you’re exploring the fantasy genre in the drama classroom, here’s a suite of images that can be used as stimulus for brainstorming characters, group improvisations, solo performances where a character inhabits the world of the picture, etc. Enjoy! Consider using these images in connection with other stimulus image collections...

Immersive Theatre

Immersive theatre is a form of contemporary performance that usually includes elements of one or more of site-specific theatre, improvisational theatre, interactive/participatory theatre, environmental theatre, performance art and promenade theatre. Immersion of the spectator in the drama is a key factor. Immersive theatre is often staged indoors but can also...