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David Hare in conversation with Julian Burnside


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It was anger and idealism that compelled playwright and director David Hare to found his first drama troupe back in the 1960s. The youthful righteousness may have faded, but certain currents have remained strong throughout his oeuvre. In his plays, including Racing Demon and Murmuring Judges, Hare has continued to turn his piercing gaze on the dominant institutions of his country – from the Church of England, to the Labour party and the British justice system.

During his extraordinary career, Hare has written more than 30 plays and received two Academy Awards nominations for screenplay adaptations of The Hours and The Reader. Last year, he published The Blue Touch Paper, a memoir that tells of the early days of Hare’s career in rapidly changing post-war Britain.

Ahead of the Melbourne Theatre Company revival of his acclaimed 1995 play Skylight, Hare will chat with Julian Burnside to talk politics, public institutions, art and the writing life.

Presented in partnership with Melbourne Theatre Company.



David Hare

David Hare is a playwright and film-maker. He has written over thirty stage plays which include Plenty, Pravda (with Howard Brenton), The Secret Rapture, Racing Demon, Skylight, Amy’s View, The Blue Room, Via Dolorosa, Stuff Happens, South Downs, The Absence of War, The Judas Kiss and The Moderate... Read more

Julian Burnside

Julian Burnside is a Melbourne barrister. He joined the Bar in 1976 and took silk in 1989. He specialises in commercial litigation, and has acted in many very contentious cases – the MUA Waterfront dispute; the Cash-for-Comment enquiry; cases for Alan Bond and Rose Porteous – but has be... Read more


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