Facing reality: idealism versus conservatism in Australian theatre and politics at the turn of the twenty-first century

Payne, Benjamin John (2005) Facing reality: idealism versus conservatism in Australian theatre and politics at the turn of the twenty-first century. [Thesis (PhD/Research)] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This dissertation aims to provide an analysis of mainstream Australian playwriting at the turn of the 21st Century. It will argue that mainstream theatre in the 1990s and early 2000s in many ways reflects the concurrent national political developments, in particular the revision of many of the dominant ideals of previous eras, such as those of the sixties. In this dissertation, I will attempt to outline briefly some of the hallmarks of the theatre of the New Wave, and their relation to the broader social movements occurring in Australia at the time. I will trace the beginnings of disillusionment and revising of these ideals in the late seventies and early eighties. The majority of the argument will then discuss the ways in which early nineties theatre engages with and frequently rebuts these earlier ideals, just as nineties politics saw a revision of many of the ideals of the sixties in society as a whole. I will argue that in the latter nineties, mainstream playwrights begin to reverse this conservative shift, reinstating a number of the ideals of the earlier period. I will demonstrate that Australian mainstream theatre at the turn of the century is integrally related to the politics of the society of the time, and that mainstream theatre demonstrates both radical and conservative tendencies through the period under consideration.


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Item Type: Thesis (PhD/Research)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) thesis. Transfered from ADT 30/11/2006.
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Theatre
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 00:45
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: theatre, politics, playwriting, drama
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/1484

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