Australian Theatre

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In the 1950s, a new wave of change came about in Australian theatre. For once, Australians could see themselves on stage in a light that glorified them, rather than alienating them. This was the so-called renaissance movement in theatre, a movement of nationalism and liberation. On stage began a stronger sense of awareness and cultural aspects of the land. Symbolic qualities of Australia were portrayed on stage and rather than the vernacular being mocked, it was embraced and executed correctly. This report dissects Australian theatre and issues that were prominent in the 1950s and not long after. This report also examines the lack of feminine influence in Australian theatre around the period discussed. In the 1950s Australian theatre was... View More »

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" Lawler uses Seventeenth Doll as a comment on society’s stereotyping of men and women. He bursts myths of masculinity through the stereotype of Roo, appearing masculine and virile yet unable to embody this physical appearance in his job and psychologically.

Lawler’s approach to telling his story uses naturalism and realism, two of the qualities that were extremely prominent in this theatrical renaissance. This call for realism was due to the Australian audiences craving stories they could relate to. Prior to 1950s in Australian theatre, stories on stage were commonly Westernized theatre or Elizabethan theatre and Shakespearean epics with luscious costuming and musical numbers. These styles of theatre were common but gave no material for Australian audiences to relate with and were in no way a contemporary representation of the time. This is why playwrights such as Ray Lawler among others, were seen, as pioneers who revolutionized the way Australians were perceived on stage and gave stage a representation of Australia. Although the production empathized with Australians of the time, it still possessed universal issues and qualities in the characters that are common. The issues of embarrassment, romance, commitment and independence all show themselves throughout the play’s entirety. Lawler took these universal themes and transported them through Australian naturalisms.

Although the 1950s saw a large change for Australian theatre, academics and contemporary female playwrights, such as Jenny Kemp (The Age, 2006) who say that these issues and topics on Australian stages ...

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