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Plays of the 50s

Volume 2

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The exhilaration caused by the success in 1955 of Ray Lawler's 'Summer of the Seventeenth Doll' galvanised a host of new playwrights. Among them was Barbara Vernon, whose 'The Multi-Coloured Umbrella' (1957), a drama of the racetrack, exploits the novelty of an irredeemably Australian way of life. Peter Kenna in his comedy-drama 'The Slaughter of Saint Teresa's Day' (1959), introduces the first of his Irish-Australian matriarchs, Oola Maguire. In 'Image in the Clay' (1960) David Ireland blends realism and poetry in his stark portrait of a rural Aboriginal family. And, most radically, Ray Matthew in 'The Life of the Party' (1960) draws a desperate portrait of post-war sophisticates trapped in the shadow of the Cold War. Exploring a new theatre distances from European realism, these plays mark a journey towards a recognisably Australian rhythmic form and a more poetic, visceral drama characteristic of the theatre later in the century.

Author Biography

Katherine Brisbane, Editor
Release date NZ
December 1st, 2004
Collection
Contributor
Edited by Katharine Brisbane
Country of Publication
Australia
Illustrations
b/w photos
Imprint
Currency Press Pty Ltd
Pages
240
Dimensions
190x135x15
ISBN-13
9780868196954
Product ID
1860303

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