Talking Theatre in 2009: Only Connect

By Kate Foy

This is being written over 10 years after several theatre friends based in the UK and the USA Matt Boothman, Travis Bedard, ‘Old Bear’ and yours truly had been chatting for about a week on a site called Utterli – a kind of mini-podcasting application at the time. We’d turned our attention to the theatre’s use…

1975: On tour with QTC’s “The Rainmaker”

By Kate Foy

It’s been quite a while since I wrote this little piece for the QTC’s 1975 newsletter No 2. I found it today as I was researching materials for the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Company. Touring around the vast distances of this country is still a way of life for actors – some things never…

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…

History of Western Performance: 19th century and an age of theatre reform

By Kate Foy

At the start of the 19th century, the English-speaking theatre was ripe for reform. New theatres were being built and new theatre regulations enacted to accommodate new kinds of entertainment. Plays, influenced by influential literary styles and socio-political issues were being written to meet the demands of a growing audience with its changing and diverse tastes.…

Goodbye London

By Kate Foy

As much as I’m longing for home, I am always sad when I leave this town. 10 visits later, it feels like a second home to me, having spent some formative years here a long time ago. London is a place that truly one can never tire of. It’s so different to when I first…