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Books published by our non-profit advocacy arm, Currency House . Platform Papers, industry books, and more.
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Empire Actors, The
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Empire Actors, The

Stars of Australasian Costume Drama 1890s – 1920s

Veronica Kelly
 

In the decades from Federation to the 1920s live entertainment was an integral part of the Imperial world, and performers the first generation of truly global marketeers. In epic tales of royal splendour and Napoleonic conquest, of heroic gladiators and Christian sacrifice, of musketeers and courtesans, hussars and doomed princesses, Arab houris and Oriental mandarins, international stage celebrities transported Australasian audiences into identification with the older, more powerful civilizations from which they had come.

These stars travelled the world in style, carrying messages of trade, fashion, tourism, modernity and the privilege of being a member of the British Empire.



Currency House | 978-0-98056-329-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Lords & Larrikins
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Lords & Larrikins

The Actor's Role in the Making of Australia

Kath Leahy
 

This radical new account of the male performer in public life reveals for the first time his central importance to Australian society and character. From our first Hamlet, to Laurence Olivier’s lordly post-war tour, the aspiring middle-classes turned to actors to each them public behaviour and political opinion.  From the first moment in 1830 when little Barnett Levey was denied access to his own stage, class has been the divide between high art and low comedy. Imperial Shakespeare was the principal weapon in this war, drawing in patrons, politicians and critics, while in the vaudeville houses comedians like Roy Rene upheld the right to a working-class Australia. Then, in 1970, just as public funding fuelled again the rise of a high-art culture, a bevy of buffoons led a new assault to subvert it. Kath Leahy asks some penetrating questions about why the cultural cringe lasted so long, and why, even today, we still call for control of the public artist.



Currency House | 978-0-98056-323-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Lords & Larrikins
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Lords & Larrikins

The Actor's Role in the Making of Australia

Kath Leahy
 

This radical new account of the male performer in public life reveals for the first time his central importance to Australian society and character. From our first Hamlet, to Laurence Olivier’s lordly post-war tour, the aspiring middle-classes turned to actors to each them public behaviour and political opinion.  From the first moment in 1830 when little Barnett Levey was denied access to his own stage, class has been the divide between high art and low comedy. Imperial Shakespeare was the principal weapon in this war, drawing in patrons, politicians and critics, while in the vaudeville houses comedians like Roy Rene upheld the right to a working-class Australia. Then, in 1970, just as public funding fuelled again the rise of a high-art culture, a bevy of buffoons led a new assault to subvert it. Kath Leahy asks some penetrating questions about why the cultural cringe lasted so long, and why, even today, we still call for control of the public artist.



Currency House | 978-0-98056-322-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Networking
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Networking

Commercial Television in Australia

Nick Herd
 

Australia’s  first comprehensive history of the founding and growth of our commercial  television – from single stations to powerful national networks – and of its  ancillary industries in newsmaking, production, advertising.






Currency House | 978-0-98079-826-5 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | HB
Parsons Lectures, The
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Parsons Lectures, The

The Philip Parsons Memorial Lectures on the Performing Arts 1993-2003

Katharine Brisbane (ed)
 
OUT OF PRINT

The edited texts of Philip Parsons Memorial Lectures on the performing arts, 1993-2003, given by Neil Armfield, Katharine Brisbane, John Derum, Wayne Harrison, Robyn Nevin, Stephen Page, and Richard Wherrett.







Currency House | 978-0-95812-132-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Platform Papers 01
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Platform Papers 01

'Our ABC' a Dying Culture?: One Way Forward for Arts Programming

Martin Harrison
 

Recent ABC programming is causing growing disquiet, that quality is giving way to ratings. Is the national public broadcaster short-selling the regions and cutting its coverage of the arts in favour of cheap studio game shows? ABC TV no longer has a primetime arts program, the audio program The Listening Room has been abolished, there is little original music and dance programming on ABC television; the online arts portal, ‘The Space’, is no longer maintained.

Martin Harrison investigates these changes and proposes a radical way forward.

Currency House | 978-0-95812-124-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Platform Papers 02
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Platform Papers 02

Survival of the Fittest: The Artist versus the Corporate World

Christopher Latham
 

In the 1970s, 80% of arts funding went to individuals; today 80% goes to institutions. The arts are dominated by giant corporations who spend a growing percentage on administration. But, says Latham, the "Titanics are sinking: it is time to get into the skiffs". To survive society’s exponential change, the new artist must be engaged, versatile and independent, and able to grasp change ahead of the dominant culture. For the brave, the opportunities can be unique. Latham examines the present music and arts industry and points a way forward.



Currency House | 978-0-95812-136-1 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ
Platform Papers 03
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Platform Papers 03

Trapped by the Past: Why our Theatre is Facing Paralysis

Julian Meyrick
 
In a groundbreaking assault on the present state of the performing arts, Meyrick argues that story is repeating itself and is leading to paralysis. Despite nearly 40 years of subsidy, and huge arts institutions, there are fewer theatres than existed a decade ago and these are cutting back employment. He calls for a heartfelt examination of the status quo by artists themselves and the creation of a national strategy.

Currency House | 978-0-95812-137-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Platform Papers 04
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Platform Papers 04

The Myth of the Mainstream: Politics and the Performing Arts in Australia Today

Robyn Archer
 

In a passionate personal/political statement, Australia’s most celebrated festival director and cabaret artist accuses Australia and its political leaders of selling out its arts to populism and ‘the myth of the mainstream’. While at home Australians are tolerant, imaginative and flexible, the mainstream no longer allows for difference of opinion in public.





Currency House | 978-0-97573-010-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Platform Papers 05
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Platform Papers 05

Shooting Through: Australian Film and the Brain Drain

Storry Walton
 
Veteran filmmaker Storry Walton sees the rolling diaspora of filmmakers working abroad not as a brain drain but a stimulating asset awaiting development. Our funding structure is now world class, he says, but years of underwriting indifferent movies have created a culture of entitlement to public money which must be overcome. We must fund only the best, and draw on the skills increasingly acquired abroad to engage with the cultural and political flow of the nation.
Currency House | 978-0-97573-011-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
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