June 07, 1985

The lore of the big top

The Harlequin Shuffle, a new play by Tony Strachan, is the latest Stage Company production in the Space Theatre in Adelaide. This two-hander is an affectionate study of the passing tradition of the family circus in Australia.

Larry Tandy is the last of the family in Tandy’s Circus, a down-at-heel tent show touring country towns. A former high-wire clown, he has fallen from grace to flagons of hock and a hoopla stall.

Steve, a young street-theatre performer and aspiring …

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May 31, 1985

Kids Come Out – firing from the hip

This year’s Come Out Festival in Adelaide has devoted special attention to visual arts and literature. Under the umbrella Dreams of Youth – Apocalypse or Utopia, 60 young artists interpret their world. They range from Rhianon Vernon-Roberts’ Arms Talk, which portrays the lack of communication between East and West to Andrew Dearman’s message-free wire sculpture Boy On A Swing.

The writing section is opened up for scrutiny in Allwrite, a celebration of young people as writers and readers.

Music and …

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May 17, 1985

The Young Playwrights

The Young Playwrights season is Troupe’s contribution to Come Out ’85 in Adelaide. Seven plays were chosen from 140 scripts by young writers aged between 7 and 17. The first six to be performed are a theatrical treat.

The plays range from a zany retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, satiric spoofs of westerns and science fiction to disquieting studies of violence and its effect on the individual whether in war or in the dosed world of the family.

Directors …

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May 10, 1985

Youth Year offering approaches the infantile

The State Theatre Company’s Beautland was commissioned to celebrate the International Year of Youth as part of the Come Out 85 Season in Adelaide.

Of his debut as director this season, State’s artistic director Keith Gallasch writes: “Our aim was to develop with Barry Dickins a play for adults about what it was like to be young in this country and … to recover some of the lost values of childhood, and of the past, that they had surrendered to …

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May 03, 1985


By Ron Elisha
The Stage Company
The Space

Two, the Adelaide Stage Company’s latest production, examines the contrary states of the human soul. The play is set in Germany in 1948 and writer Ron Elisha uses two characters – a rabbi, Chaim Levi, and his pupil, Anna, to describe the experience of the Dachau death camp.

Elisha has set himself a formidable task with a subject which inevitably unleashes enough detail and associations to overwhelm players and audience alike.…

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May 01, 1985

Exile and Cunning

Filed under: Archive,Books

Beyond the Dragon’s Mouth
by Shiva Naipaul
Hamish Hamilton

Collections of occasional writings run the risk of being neither fish nor foul. They often represent the urgent efforts of publishers to keep a writer visible in the bookshops or, in some cases, they are the last crumbs and leavings of scholarly activity and posthumous money spinning.

Beyond the Dragon’s Mouth, Shiva Naipaul’s collection of stories, journalism and memoir provides by contrast, a lively insight into the Trinidadian born novelist. …

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March 28, 1985

Big and Little Looks a Winner

They are baying for blood again in Adelaide. It’s not the first time that an artistic director of the State Theatre Company has been under siege from the disgruntled, the disappointed, the envious and the Charlie’s Aunt brigade, but the present minder of the State Theatre Company, Keith Gallasch, is particularly vulnerable.

The trouble is that much of what aggrieved Advertiser theatre critic, Alan Roberts, and Opposition Shadow Minister for the Arts, Murray Hills, have had to say in criticism …

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February 01, 1985

Corse Humours

Corse Humours
Richard III
by William Shakespeare
State Theatre Company

It is the job of theatre to invigorate the classical repertoire and for that reason we must occasionally endure productions as ludicrous as the State Theatre Company of South Australia’s Richard III.

It is difficult to fathom the reason for this particular revival. Richard III at any time presents a problem for production and audiences – haw do we regard the central figure: is he evil incarnate or …

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