Australasian Drama Studies

Australasian Drama Studies is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from No. 48, April

Adventures in Nineteenth-Century Gender-Bending: Lady Emilia Don in Tasmania, 1862 and 1865
Many leading ladies of the nineteenth century stage have attracted significant biographical attention from scholars in the field of theatre history. Lady Emilia Don, however, remains largely forgotten, even though evidence of her Australian tours suggests...
Black and White: Australia's History Onstage in Four Plays of the New Millennium
To write is apolitical act.' Jack Davis.1In the words of Howard Barker's character Serebryakov, 'Pain - is invasion'.2 In a nation shaped by searing contention - local and global over what the past is, how it should affect the present and who may claim...
Borrowed Voice: The Art of Lip-Synching in Sydney Drag
An earlier version of this article was the winner of the Veronica Kelly Prize for best postgraduate paper when it was presented at the annual conference of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies (ADSA) at Charles Sturt...
Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance
Peta Tait, Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance (London and New York: Routledge, 2005)In Circus Bodies: Cultural Identity in Aerial Performance, Peta Tail positions aerial performance of the past 140 years in the context of changing...
CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident)
A performance by version 1.0 devised from transcripts of the Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident.World premiere Performance Space, Sydney, 26 May 2004Production credits:Devised by the performers and Paul DwyerPerformers Danielle Antaki,...
CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident): Introduction
Between 1999 and 2005 there were at least thirty theatre productions in Australia dealing with the refugee asylum-seekers who arrived in what Robert Manne and David Corlett called the fourth wave of 'boat people', most of whom were incarcerated in remote...
Editorial Note
Australasian Drama Studies was launched, with Volume 1, Number 1, in October 1982 from what was then the Department of English at the University of Queensland. Counting that issue as number 1 - and a couple of double issues (12/13 and 15/16) separately...
Frank Harvey: Australian Screenwriting Pioneer
It is no easy thing to make a career out of writing feature films in Australia. Those that do so regularly have either had to move overseas (Stuart Beanie, Robert Caswell), work primarily for Americans (Jan Sardi, Laura Jones) or write screenplays as...
High-Cultural Histrionics: Judith Anderson's 1955 Australian Tour
In 1955, Judith Anderson toured Australia in Robinson Jeffers' adaptation of Euripides' Medea to mark the birth of the Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust. This tour played a crucial role in the development of Anderson's celebrity - giving her the opportunity...
Inheritors of the Dead Heart: Magical Realism in These People and Falling Petals by Ben Ellis
Sometime in the 1950s, three-time Miles Franklin winner David Ireland wrote a play later published as Image in the Clay.1 It was first performed in 1960 as Heirs of the Dead Heart.2 The play is about an Aboriginal woman, a white man and their half-caste...
Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York
Midori Yoshimoto, Into Performance: Japanese Women Artists in New York (New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2005)In her fine introduction and opening chapter to Into Performance, Midori Yoshimoto notes the increasing historicisation of those mixed...
Nostalgia, Reconciliation or New National Myth?: The Adaptation of Cloudstreet to the Stage
When the Company B Belvoir and Black Swan Theatre's stage adaptation of Tim Winton's novel Cloudstreet opened in the pounding rain and baking heat of the Sydney summer of 1998, many of those involved believed the production was doomed to be an embarrassing...
Political Theatrics in the 'Fog of War'
According to evidence given to the Senate Select Committee on A Certain Maritime Incident,1 the 'fog of war' critically disrupted military and government reporting systems during the 'children overboard' affair of October 2001, a key feature of the federal...
Prologues to Shakespeare's Theatre: Performance and Liminality in Early Modern Drama
Douglas Bruster and Robert Weimann, Prologues to Shakespeare's Theatre: Performance and Liminality in Early Modern Drama (London and New York: Routledge, 2004)This theoretically sophisticated and scholarly work exemplifies the best achievements of what...
Talking to the Audience: Shakespeare, Performance, Self
Bridget Escolme, Talking to the Audience: Shakespeare, Performance, Self (London: Routledge, 2005)'To be, or not to be: that is the question' (Hamlet, 3.1.56.) Who is being asked this question by Hamlet? Is Hamlet simply asking it of himself, thinking...
Theatre/s of Peace and Protest: The Continuing Influence of Euripides' Play the Trojan Women at the Nexus of Social Justice and Theatre Practice
During November 2004 the State Theatre Company of South Australia mounted a new adaptation of Euripides' The Trojan Women as part of their 2004 mainstage subscription season. This adaptation was the joint creation of the State Theatre Company's then...
Theatrical Events: Borders, Dynamics, Frames
Vicky Ann Cremona et al., eds. Theatrical Events: Borders, Dynamics, Frames (Amsterdam and New York, Rodopi, 2004)Theatrical Events is a collection of essays by a Working Group within the International Federation of Theatre Research. Inspired by a paper...
The Boy from Mount Gambier: Robert Helpmann's Early Career in Australia (1917-1932)
When the dancer Adeline Genée toured Australia in 1913, Robert Helpman1 was only four years old and living in Mount Gambier. She was not the only major figure to influence the international career of Helpmann, whether directly or through inspiration...
The Culture of Place: Making Australian Theatre
The 2005 Rex Cramphorn Memorial Lecture, delivered at the Parade Theatre, NIDA, 7 November 2005. Aubrey Mellor OAM, Director of NIDA, introduced the lecture; an extract of his introduction is followed by the full text of Lyndon Terracini's address.For...
The Inner Lining of Political Discourse: Presenting the Version 1.0 Remix of the Senate Select Committee on a Certain Maritime Incident
'Hello, Ministry for the Arts? Yeah, I've got a great idea for a show. 2,200 pages of Hansard. Absolutely no dramatic climax, absolutely no children overboard, well, maybe one. Alright. Alright. Alright, I'll phone the Australia Council.'Stephen, Act...
Three Dollars: Screenplay
Robert Connolly and Elliot Perlman, Three Dollars: Screenplay (Sydney: Currency Press, 2005)Elliot Perlman's complex and polemical novel Three Dollars (1998) must, at first reading, have seemed too dense and literary a text to endure the translation...
Trade Secrets: Australian Actors and Their Craft
Terence Crawford, Trade Secrets: Australian Actors and Their Craft (Sydney: Currency Press, 2005)First impression ... well, at first I thought why is Currency repeating itself?You're referring to their earlier book on acting, Don't Tell Me, Show Me by...