National Agitators: Confronting Australian Theatre
Patricia Cornelius, Susie Dee and Nicci Wilks have been making radical and confronting theatre together for decades. ‘I’ve never believed the bullshit about how audiences don’t like risk,' Cornelius has said. 'They actually really do. I’ve seen it.'
Long-term collaborators, their work has more often found a home in innovative independent companies than in establishment state theatres. Yet their provocative…
Hot Desk Extract: Sauce
An excerpt from Georgina Harriss's play Sauce, a fictionalised exploration of the Rick and Morty Szechuan sauce debacle.
Working with Words: Emma Mary Hall
Melbourne-based theatre-maker Emma Mary Hall talks day jobs, diary angst and marking time with words.
Hot Desk Extract: Icebreaker
An excerpt from Christian Taylor's Icebreaker, a piece of speculative theatre that follows the meeting of two strangers – a raging mother and a reclusive teenager – on board an Antarctic icebreaker bound for the last glacier in existence.
Behrouz Boochani Wins the 2019 Victorian Prize for Literature
The winners of the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced tonight at a ceremony at MPavilion in Queen Victoria Gardens in Melbourne.
The Wheeler Centre
Our City of Literature: Ten Stories of Melbourne
Eloise Grills at the Deakin Edge — Photo: Jon Tjhia
Melbourne has always been a city of literature. Our population is bursting with rabid readers and writers. We have the best libraries, the coolest bookshops, the finest festivals and some truly pioneering publishers. Also, Monkey Grip is set here and we are the best at wearing turtlenecks.
So it made perfect sense when, in 2008, Melbourne joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network and made it official – becoming a designated City of Literature in recognition of our literary spirit.
For the tenth anniversary of this designation, we kicked off the celebrations with a gala night of readings and storytelling at Deakin Edge. We heard from ten brilliant writers – both established and emerging – who have made Melbourne home for either a short time or a lifetime. Where, for them, does Melbourne come alive on the page? Which classic stories and scenes of Melbourne are part of our literary DNA, and how are a new generation of writers remaking the city with words?
In order of appearance … hear from Alice Pung, Tony Birch, Jane Rawson, Eloise Grills, Moreno Giovannoni, Jennifer Down, Alexis Wright, Patricia Cornelius, Andy Griffiths and Sumudu Samarawickrama.
This event was presented in partnership with the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office.
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Much Ado About Don
Sydney Opera House 1975, image by Gregory Melle, Flickr
A theatrical wildfire has sparked up at Crikey following a review of David Williamson’s sequel to Don’s Party, Don Parties On. The play premiered in Melbourne last year, but the Crikey review, penned by Jason Whittaker, was published last week after the play opened at the Sydney Opera House. In the review, Whittaker…
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