Australian Theatre: Journeys Part 1
This lecture is in two parts. It examines the trope of the journey into self or away in search of identity and home. Three plays are discussed in this context: Away by Michael Gow; Bran Nue Dae by Jimmy Chi and Kuckles; and The Drover’s Wife by Leah Purcell. All examine personal and well as metaphorical quests from very different perspectives and decades in the contemporary Australian theatre.
Part 1 provides and introduction to the themes underpinning the discussion, and focusses on Away. Part 2 will look at Bran Nue Dae and The Drover’s Wife.
The episodes is 23 minutes’ playing time.
I am indebted to the Malthouse Theatre Company’s educational resources on Away from which I’ve taken some of the quotes and material for this podcast.
Image: Away by Michael Gow (1986 production at Griffin Theatre, Sydney)