Platform Papers 39: The Retreat of Our National Drama


ISBN: 9780987211491
Author: Julian Meyrick
Publication Date: 01/05/2014
Publisher: Currency House
Extent: 80pp.
Availability: Available

SKU: BK1269 Category: Tags: ,

Julian Meyrick discusses a rising controversy in the repertoire of our national stages. As the mainstage vogue for resetting familiar international classics in an Australian context continues, playwrights believe their work is being depreciated. The issue of adaptations, writes Meyrick, 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.

He contends that 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 to address, seriously, the growth of our own classic repertoire.

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