Australasian Drama Studies

Australasian Drama Studies is a magazine focusing on Arts

Articles from No. 47, October

Acknowledging the Past: Youth Performing Arts in the 1970s
As I began the research for this article, I realised that a large chapter of the history of Young People and Performance in Australia has been yet another victim of denial of the past, which seems to be a national pastime. The homepage for the websitc...
Eugenio Barba/The Intercultural Performance Handbook
Jane Turner, Eugenia Barba (London & New York: Routledge, 2004).John Martin, The Intercultural Performance Handbook (London & New York: Routledge, 2004)Two complex fields of inquiry lie in the background of the books reviewed here. The first...
Innovation in Australian Arts, Media and Design: Fresh Challenges for the Tertiary Sector
Rod Wissler et al, ed., Innovation in Australian Arts, Media and Design: Fresh Challenges for the Tertiary Sector (Flaxton, Qld: Post Pressed, 2004)This publication offers a substantial addition to the literature on Australian creative arts and creative...
Melbourne to Manchester: Arena Theatre's Artform Evolution
In 2006, Arena Theatre Company will celebrate its fortieth year of creating performances for young people. Thank you very much for having me here today to present to you on the company's international collaboration - SKID 180. SKID 180 is, I hope, an...
Of Peacebuilding and Performance: Contact Inc's 'Third Space' of Intercultural Collaboration
The wellspring [of peacebuilding] lies in our moral imaginalion, ...the capacity to imagine something rooted in the challenges of the real world yet capable of giving birth to that which does not yet exist.1The arts have long been considered an apt vehicle...
Pecking at Your Head: The Flight and Fall of 'Magpie'
'Magpie' was the name of the company run by the South Australian Theatre Company (SATC)1 for children and young people for a quarter of a century. Magpie's embryonic form, the Saturday Company, was founded in 1972; the company hatched as Magpie in 1976,...
Promoting Agency or 'Stepping-Stones R Us'? Recent Melbourne Youth Theatre
The face of young people's theatre (YPT) in Australia underwent profound change through the 1980s and 1990s.1 In short, theatre-in-education, (theatre performed by professional companies for the entertainment and education of young people, mostly in...
Shalakazap! - Empowerment in Young People's Theatre, Aotearoa/New Zealand: An Interview with Jenny Wake of Calico Theatre
It is tempting to draw the conclusion that young people's theatre (YPT) is the best catered-for sector of the New Zealand arts community. Certainly, some of the country's most lively and varied work and artists find an outlet here, with diverse agendas,...
The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre
Kerry Powell, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian and Edwardian Theatre (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004)This Cambridge Companion is cast from strength: virtually all of the big names in modern nineteenth-century theatre history are...
The Space Between: The Art of Puppetry and Visual Theatre in Australia
Peter J. Wilson and Geoffrey Milne, The Space Between: The Art of Puppetry and Visual Theatre in Australia (Currency Press: Sydney, 2004)This book fulfils a need even more marked than that which produced Milne's other recent book, Theatre Australia (Unlimited....
Universality and Specificity, Making Drama from Personal Myth and Point of View
The process of devising theatre with an ensemble of young people holds challenges that will test the resources of the most potent director. To make dramatic performance from the personal myth and view-point of the actors who perform it requires deft...
Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last
Michelle Arrow, Upstaged: Australian Women Dramatists in the Limelight at Last (Strawberry Hills, NSW: Pluto and Currency, 2002)The title of this scholarly, informative and entertaining book contains the ironic nub of the problem she addresses. The writers...
Virtual Theatres: An Introduction
Gabriella Giannachi, Virtual Theatres: An Introduction (London & New York: Routledge, 2004)In 2003 at the Performance Studies International conference, news was just to hand that the US Federal government had seized property and subpoenaed Steve...
Welcome to Lallyland: Introducing the Plays of Lally Katz as Magical Feminism
Lally Katz is one of Australia's most prolific young playwrights. As she nears the age of twenty-six - entering that murky territory from 'young' to 'emerging' playwright - there is no belter time to review the work of this multi-award winning playwright...
White Crocodile, Black Skirt: Theatre for Young People and Cultural Memory
If memory is where images and the past are in some way stored then drama like other art forms, is a kind of cultural memory preserving the thoughts, modes of thinking and feeling and images created by and in someway characteristic of particular time,...
Writing and Rewriting: National Theatre Histories
S. E. Wilmer, ed., Writing and Rewriting: National Theatre Histories (Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, 2004)Defining 'national' theatre history involves the related and formidable tasks of identifying what is to be understood as 'nation'; what range...
Young People and Performance in Australia and New Zealand
Performance for and by young people in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand resonates with the diversity of these countries' Indigenous and immigrant cultures, regional and urban realities, and quirky view of the everyday. Having diverged from the traditions...