New Theatre News

BOOK LAUNCH

THE NEW THEATRE: THE PEOPLE, POLITICS AND PLAYS OF AUSTRALIA’S RADICAL THEATRE, EDITED BY LISA MILNER

 

On Monday 10 October, we hosted the launch of this important (and long-overdue) publication, and celebrated our 90th birthday!

 

For the first time, this unique collection of essays brings the stories of New Theatre branches around Australia, filling a vital space in Australian cultural history. Radical left-wing history tales, told by theatre practitioners, historians, academics and political ratbags, reveal a rich vein of Australia’s hidden cultural heritage.

 

 
In the words of our President, Rosane McNamara:

“The New Theatre played an important role in the struggle to provide socially engaged theatre and to legitimise radical thought, satire and dissent on the Australian stage. This comprehensive analysis covers the colourful ways they brought theatre to working-class audiences, the important role of women and the methods employed by government, ASIO and others to suppress dissent. After 90 frequently controversial years, it seems that New Theatre is respectable at last!”

 

 

Sydney Arts Guide covered the event: New Theatre Proudly Ninety Years Strong.

 

ABC Radio National broadcast a feature on New Theatre’s 90 years, and the book, and spoke with editor Lisa Milner. Have a listen here

 

The book is available for online purchase at New International Bookshop. You can also buy it at any online bookstore (eg Amazon or Booktopia) or order it through any local bookshop.