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February 01, 1991

Interview with Barry Humphries

Filed under: Archive,Interviews

1992

From Wanted For Questioning: Interviews with Australian Comic Artists

(Editors) Murray Bramwell and David Matthews, Allen and Unwin, 1992.

Barry Humphries

Barry Humphries is a major Australian artist. He is also a connoisseur, a scholar and surely one of the funniest people alive. His burlesque creations define the art and his writings are some of the best in Australian theatre.

It was my good luck that Humphries was in Australia with The Life and Death of Sandy Stone and …

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December 29, 1990

Summer at the River Bank

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1990

Ratty, Mole and Badger are returning to the Botanic Gardens this week. Murray Bramwell talks with Director Elena Eremin about Park Projects’ new production of The Wind in the Willows.

According to the mythology Glenn Elston hatched the idea for his highly successful outdoor productions of The Wind in the Willows five or six years ago when he was living in London . He had never read Kenneth Grahame’s rodent classic before and after discovering it in the cheerless …

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December 01, 1990

Getting the Big Picture on the Small Screen

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1990

Prophets and Loss
Produced and Directed by Gabrielle Kelly
and Nick Hart-Williams

Reviewed by Murray Bramwell

Global warming is the kind of subject likely to put a chill around the heart. It is perhaps for that reason that apart from specifically ordained days of lamentation or the usually unhelpful raiment tearing that we find on TV, the environment as a subject does not rate attention. We get the Nostradamus doomwatch stuff or specific details of spills and toxic waste …

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October 13, 1990

Taking a Warm Approach to a Hot Issue

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1990

Murray Bramwell talks with playwright Michael Doneman about his new work for the Magpie Company – Mango Season, which opens at the Odeon Theatre next week.

Michael Doneman describes himself as a recidivist Queenslander. After ten years working in theatre in Sydney he returned to his Brisbane base firstly to teach and then more recently, to establish Contact, a theatre for young people.

Over the past year Doneman, in cahoots with Darwin’s Corrugated Iron Company, the Two to Five …

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September 08, 1990

Journeying to Capricornia

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1990

The State Theatre Company production of Capricornia opens in the Playhouse tonight. Director, Kingston Anderson talks to Murray Bramwell about the process from novel to stage.

You might say that Kingston Anderson’s professional career has been dominated by a single word -Capricornia. This point is not lost on him either. “Justine Saunders and I have a joke that we will meet in the street when we are eighty and say `When will you be doing Capricornia again?'”

Anderson was …

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September 07, 1990

An Imaginary Life

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1990

Screening tonight as part of the Frames Film Festival is An Angel at My Table, based on the autobiography of the writer Janet Frame. Director Jane Campion talks with Murray Bramwell about her newest work.

There is a story the poet James K. Baxter used to tell about Janet Frame – that when she was confined in a mental institution in New Zealand she was persuaded by doctors to consider a leucotomy, a procedure which cuts through nerve fibre …

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June 09, 1990

Footsbarn’s Dream

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1990

Murray Bramwell talks with Beatrice Beaucaire, Fredricka Lascelles and John Kilby about Footsbarn Theatre’s latest production, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which has its world premiere in Adelaide tonight.

When, in Cornwall in 1971, they first began rehearsing in a barn belonging to an actor named Oliver Foot, the members of Footsbarn Theatre could not have possibly foreseen that they would become perpetual travellers, a theatre community trekking across continents performing to audiences from Darwin to Moscow to Tunis.

Last …

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June 02, 1990

Getting a Kick Out of Cole Porter

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1990

Murray Bramwell talks to Geraldine Turner and Simon Burke, stars of the revival production of Anything Goes, Cole Porter’s hit musical from 1934, which opens its Adelaide season at the Festival Centre tonight.

Cole Porter might well have been a character in any of the more than fifty musicals and movies for which he wrote hit songs. Wealthy, stylish, smart, he embodied the kind of chic that epitomised New York in the ’30s and ’40s. But a crippling horse …

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April 21, 1990

Errors in Calculation

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1990

Murray Bramwell talks with the State Theatre Company’s Simon Philips about their latest production, The Comedy of Errors, which opens next Saturday.

Simon Phillips is in rehearsal mode. It is well after six o’clock and the afternoon session has only just finished. Wandering barefoot back to his office for the interview, Phillips is looking weary. Gradually as actors begin appearing, it dawns on him that there is another rehearsal set for seven. A less genial soul might have got …

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April 14, 1990

Changing Theatre in Changing Times

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1990

Actor and Director, Gavin Richards, currently in Adelaide with the popular comedy show Allo Allo, talks to Murray Bramwell about Alternative Theatre in the UK- where it has been and how it responds to a changed society.

Actors in television often seem to come out of nowhere, magically discovered and hurled into prominence, but this is rarely true. Take Gavin Richards for instance. He is a household name as the amorous Italian Captain in Allo Allo, the old-style Perry …

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