Plays of the 70s: v.1: "The Legend of King O'Malley" by M.Boddy and B.Ellis, "Mrs Thally F" by J.Romeril, "The Removalists" by D.Williamson, "A Stretch of the Imagination" by J.Hibberd, "The Joss Adams Show" by A.D.Groen

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Plays of the 70s: v.1: "The Legend of King O'Malley" by M.Boddy and B.Ellis, "Mrs Thally F" by J.Romeril, "The Removalists" by D.Williamson, "A Stretch of the Imagination" by J.Hibberd, "The Joss Adams Show" by A.D.Groen

ISBN : 9780868195483
Publisher : Currency Press
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Overview The plays in this volume were landmarks in the development of a rough new all Australian theatre which celebrated the rude colour of Australian language and more. It was a period of comedy and satire; but as these plays show, beneath the larrikinism was a sharp social criticism at work which saw ordinary people living alienated, exploitative and largely unexamined lives. Included are: The Legend of King O'Malley, by Michael Boody and Bob Ellis, which burst upon the unsuspecting theatre in 1970 and launched it in a new direction; The Joss Adams Show by Alma De Groen examines the ordeal of post-natal depression; Mrs Thally F by John Romeril is based on the true story of a Melbourne housewife convicted of murdering her two husbands; A Stretch of the Imagination by Jack Hibberd, was a turning point in the movement against naturalism in its triumphant use of poetry, vaudeville and myth; and The Removalists, David Williamson's first internationally performed play, has built a classic reputation as a statement on authoritarianism.

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