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Plays of the 60s: Volume 3  

Currency Modern Drama

Plays of the 60s: Volume 3 $31.81 ex GST
$34.99 inc GST
In the late 1960s, student revolution spread like wildfire around the world as the post-war generation came to adulthood. In Australia, protests against the Vietnam War were mixed with a rebellious new political awareness.

The plays in this volume reflect the radicalism in public and private life which that period has come to represent. 

A Refined Look at Existence by Rodney Milgate
An ironic comedy drama which reworks Euripides’ The Bacchae, set in a NSW country town. Daring in form, this was possibly the earliest play to capture the emotional turbulence that characterised the 1960s.

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Chicago, Chicago, by  John Romeril
This play reflects the rebellious new political awareness that spread during the tumultuous years of the late 1960s.

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Burke's Company by Bill Reed
A 'play of disillusion', writes Katharine Brisbane, which looks at 'the blindness of European exploiters like Robert O'Hara Burke who failed to manage his company or listen to their voices; and refused to acknowledge the Aborigines' offers of salvation. Burke's dream is to conquer the land, by traversing it from south to north. He wants their exploits gloriously recorded in Wills' writings. A play about the moneyed class, for whom discipline is a tool of survival not always placed in the safest hands.

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The Front Room Boys , by Alex Buzo
An early play of Alex Buzo's which dramatises the predicament of office workers as it displays the author's preoccupation with language. One of his aims, he tells us in his playwright's note, 'was to recreate the rhythms of actual speech as well as to record and preserve the vivid expressions which you could hear everywhere except in the media or on the stage.'

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Cast : A Refined Look at Existence - 9M, 3F / Chicago, Chicago - 19M, 5F (doubling possible) / Burke's Company - 9M / The Front Room Boys - 7M, 2F

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Author

KATHARINE BRISBANE co-founded Currency Press, Australia’s performing arts publisher, in 1971 with her late husband, Dr Philip Parsons (1926–1993). Brisbane remained managing editor and publisher until her retirement in 2001. In 2000 she established Currency House as a non-profit charitable association with the brief to assert the value of the performing arts in public life and raise the level of debate. She was a theatre critic for twenty-one years, including a period as national theatre critic at the Australian (1967–74) and has published widely on the history and nature of Australian theatre.