Australian Contemporary Drama
First published in 1985, this revised edition includes notable achievements by major playwrights since 1991. Includes a new chapter on David Williamson, new material on Stephen Sewell and Louis Nowra, and a new final chapter dealing with Michael Gow and focusing especially on multicultural theatre and the rise of Aboriginal drama. The text is organised chronologically from Louis Esson, Vance Palmer and Katharine Susannah Pritchard to Michael Gow and Jack Davis, and gives an analysis of representative plays, placing them in their historical and cultural context. Includes references, a select bibliography and an index. The author is professor of theatre and dance at the University of Hawaii. His other publications include 'David Mamet'.
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