Senior Drama

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Theatre of Cruelty Flip Cards

French theatre practitioner Antonin Artaud (1896-1948) is today known as the major exponent of the Theatre of Cruelty, a largely movement-based experimental form aimed at assaulting the senses of the spectator, and in doing so, awakening their subconscious mind. Below is a series of flip cards I use to summarise...

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Barry Humphries’ humour is now history – that’s the fate of topical, satirical comedy

  Anne Pender, University of New England Let’s face it, Thursday evenings on ABC television are not quite the same any more. The mesmerising, idiosyncratic sketches of Clarke and Dawe are now consigned to Australian television history. Still, Sammy J has taken the spot, and the good news is that...

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

Julian Meyrick, Flinders University In our Great Australian Plays series, we nominate the best of Australian drama. If Australian drama came of age in the 1940s and 1950s, in the 1970s it reached full maturity. More work by more playwrights by more companies for larger audiences: this is the basic...