Australian Theatre: Journeys Part 1

By Kate Foy

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 episode is 23 minutes’ in length.

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)