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Hamilton Sydney: First Look

Set to open at Sydney’s Lyric Theatre this weekend, the Australian production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece hip hop musical Hamilton will be the only showing in the world. Other Hamilton productions, including those on Broadway and the West End, are temporarily closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a first...

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Overview of Ancient Greek Theatre

History The beginnings of Western theatre date back to Ancient Greece in the 6th century B.C. The earliest performances occurred in 534 BC at a play festival honouring Dionysus, the Greek god of wine and fertility. For hundreds of years, ancient Greek theatre was performed exclusively at this outdoor play...

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How the arts in Australia suffered in 2020

Jo Caust, University of Melbourne The arts sector has been through a trial by fire this year. Most activities planned from March had to be cancelled, or modified to such an extent they were no longer recognisable. The challenge for many is the sector is complex: not defined by one...

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2020 VCE Drama & Theatre Studies Results Analysis

Here’s an analysis of VCE Drama and Theatre Studies results for students who received a study score of 40 or above in 2020*. These students represent the top 9% in each study. 2020 saw 83 students achieve 40 or above for Drama (marginally more than the 81 students who were...

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The Empty Space: The Holy Theatre

Key quotes from The Holy Theatre, the second part of Peter Brook‘s seminal text, The Empty Space. The Holy Theatre explores the place of ritual and the holy in what was then contemporary theatre (1968). Among others, Brook analyses the works of Samuel Beckett with his existential characters, themes and...