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JULIAN MEYRICK was Associate Director / Literary Adviser of Melbourne Theatre Company and an Honorary Associate in the Drama Program at La Trobe University. He has directed numerous productions in Sydney and Melbourne, including the multi-award winning Who's Afraid of the Working Class? for the Melbourne Workers Theatre and Joe Penhall's Blue / Orange for MTC. In 1998 he won the Green Room Award for Best Director on the Fringe. He has taught at La Trobe and Newcastle Universities and written on performance theory and practice, arts policy and post-war Australian theatre.


Angela's Kitchen
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Angela's Kitchen

Paul Capsis, with Hilary Bell and Julian Meyrick
 
In 1948, Angela left Malta. Having gathered up five children, she sailed out on the Strathnavar, leaving poverty and the war behind.

Her destination: Australia. In Surry Hills, she could build a bright new life.

If only she could first learn the language, finish shoring up their dilapidated house, find new friends, get the racist neighbour off her back and keep her son away from sly grog queen Kate Leigh’s kids.

Back in Malta, someone else has made a journey. Making his way along Kalkara’s glistening harbourside, a young man with flowing black hair has returned to claim his past. Paul Capsis is walking home.

A journey that begins at a kitchen table becomes a sprawling family history and a fitting tribute to a much-loved matriarch.


   Awards
  • 2012 Helpmann Awards - Best New Australian Work
Cast : 1M or 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-946-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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 39
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Platform Papers 39

The Retreat of our National Theatre

Julian Meyrick
 

A rising controversy has arisen regarding the repertoire of our national stages: a debate around a mainstage vogue for resetting familiar international classics in an Australian context and the playwrights who believe their work is being depreciated. Julian Meyrick believes the cause goes much deeper than the present quarrels. The adaptations issue, he writes, is a symbol of loss within the Australian dramatic consciousness. It is not about defending Tennessee Williams over David Williamson; but about the value of our national drama. Audiences no longer understand the difference between making a new play and buying an old one.

Something crucial has been lost, about our ability and need to nurture and produce original drama; and public policy has been a contributor. To remedy this, he concludes, we need a national theatre. Not a building or a company but a co-commissioning, co-production house that will address, seriously, the growth of our own classic repertoire.

Currency House | 978-0-98721-149-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB