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This ground-breaking cultural history of Shakespearean production in Australia gives an overview of his part in the cultural evolution of Australia during the past 200 years. From early, improvised performances to the Bell Shakespeare Company today, the book traces how practitioners and audiences have clung to, exploited and finally discarded ties with Britain. From the 1850s the gold boom promised fortunes to the great British and American tragedians and produced some of the first home-grown stars. The twentieth century brought new opportunities for localisation: while companies brought out by Oscar Asche, the Old Vic and the RSC continued to demonstrate British styles, Australian companies led by Allan Wilkie and John Alden began to supplant local amateur interpretations. Nationalism intensified in the 1960s: Australian accents, open-air performances, exotic locations, eccentric adaptations and scholarly experimental productions; while post-colonial interpretations introduced Aboriginal actors. Two hundred years on, Australia's appropriation of Shakespeare is being exported back to Stratford and the world in the work of directors like Baz Luhrmann. Illustrated with over 60 archival photographs, many not previously published.<
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Book Description Currency Press, Sydney, 2007. Softcover. Condition: Very Good. Photographs (illustrator). First Edition. At a time of renewed public interest in the power of contemporary Australian theatre, this book investigates the Y and the howl of some of Australia's most successful mainstream playwrights – Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Reg Cribb, – all of whom are passionate about the theatre as they perform the public discussion. These writers explore the cultural, portico and economic life of Australia, and the right to influence public debate. – Rear panel blurb Book is clean without any annotations. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. XII, 207 pages. please refer to accompanying picture (s). Illustrator: Photographs. Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: 1.0. Category: Theatre & Plays; Sociology & Culture. ISBN: 0868196134. ISBN/EAN: 9780868196138. Inventory No: 0272675. Seller Inventory # 0272675
Book Description Currency Press, Sydney 2001, 2001. 23.0 x 15.0cms, 208pp, b/w illusts, fine paperback & cover This book covers such topics as: indigenous identities; the history wars; the politics of place; globalization & class; fortress Australia; the war on terror. Seller Inventory # 122192
Book Description Currency Press, Sydney, 2001. Condition: Good. Opdrachtje, naam en datum op schutblad. Seller Inventory # 204683
Book Description Currency Press, Sydney, Strawberry Hills, 2001. Paperback octavo, very good condition, black & white illustrations, top corner tip front cover creased, minor edgewear, few top corner tips pages little creased. 306 pp. An overview of the cultural history of Shakespeare production in Australia during the past 200 years. The book traces the history from early improvised performances to the Bell Shakespeare Company today. Illustrated with over 60 archival photos, many not previously published. Seller Inventory # 28860