The Mudrooroo/Muller Project: A Theatrical Casebook

The Mudrooroo/Muller Project: A Theatrical Casebook

The Mudrooroo/Muller Project: A Theatrical Casebook

The Mudrooroo/Muller Project: A Theatrical Casebook


Documents a theatre project involving an Aboriginal theatre group performing a post-Brechtian German play by Heiner Mxller, set within a play by the Aboriginal playwright, poet and novelist, Mudrooroo. Recounts the genesis and development of the project, and gives separate texts for both plays. Mxller has also written an autobiography, TWar without Battle: Living in two dictatorships'.


The publicatiion Mudrooroo/Müller Project comes at a time when the movement towards establishing a republic in Australia seems to be gaining momentum. The constitutional reform envisaged by politicians and republican supporters offers a unique historical chance to address the issue of Australia's treatment of its Aboriginal population in a constructive manner, by coming to terms with the past while constructing a new political future. The project is based on the conviction that Australia cannot afford to go into the twenty-first century on the basis of a constitution that does not at the same time recognise the sovereignty of the Aboriginal community within an Australian republic, and it hopes to make a contribution to achieve a wider consciousness of this concern.

The Mudrooroo/Müller Project is an exercise in political theatre based on a dual, collaborative perspective--white/0European and Aboriginal. It incorporates the play of a contemporary German dramatist whose work represents the latest standard of avant-garde theatre in Europe into a dramatic text that breaks new ground in black/white Australian theatre. While a joint or double perspective/theme is perhaps not unusual in contemporary Aboriginal/Australian music and art (for example, the work of Trevor Nickolls or Yothu Yindi), it appears to be a new departure in Aboriginal/Australian theatre. In the theatre as elsewhere, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, as Brecht liked to observe: the publication of Mudrooroo's script is also meant as a challenge to theatre practitioners in Australia to realise this project on stage.

I should like to acknowledge the help of institutions and persons who made this project possible. Financial support was provided by the Literature Board of the Australia Council, the Centre for Performance Studies at the University of Sydney, and the Sydney Goethe Institute. A publication subsidy was made available by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales. I should like to thank Doug Howie for being interested in a project that is not easily communicated. A special word of thanks goes to Gay McAuley, John Baylis and Susanne Abegg. I am grateful to Michael Hollington and Olaf Reinhardt who read and contributed to the translations in this volume, and to Roderic Campbell, who was as sensitive and enthusiastic an editor as any author may hope to find.


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