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Brecht and Co.

German-speaking Playwrights on the Australian Stage

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Ulrike Garde

German-speaking playwrights have exercised a considerable if subtle influence on Australian theatre history. Presenting a range of paradigmatic case studies, this book offers a detailed account of Australian productions of German-language drama between 1945 and 1996. The reception of Bertolt Brecht is used as a touchstone for analysing stagings of plays by writers such as Max Frisch, Rolf Hochhuth, Peter Handke and Franz Xaver Kroetz. In addition, more recent developments in the reception of German drama on the Australian stage are discussed.
Contents: The context of the Australian Brecht reception – Receiving Brecht in the late 1950s up to the 1990s – Plays by other German-speaking playwrights and the Australian-German cross-cultural relationship – Early productions in English and German – Plays by Max Frisch and Friedrich Dürrenmatt – Rolf Hochhuth, The Representative – Plays by Peter Handke – Play-readings and other cultural initiatives at the Goethe Institute in Sydney – Translations and adaptations of German plays in the 1980s – Theater Heute reports on Australian theatre in 1986 – Discussions about Australian theatre criticism in the 1980 – Productions of Franz Xaver Kroetz’ Farmyard – Barrie Kosky’s production of Faust – Michael Kantor’s production of Excavation. The Last Days of Mankind – «We must find our own voice». Noel Tovey directs The Aboriginal Protesters – Recent developments, outlook and conclusion.