A Compelling Force: Indigenous Women Playwrights

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In 2005, a new production of Jane Harrison's Stolen will be presented at the Sydney Theatre Company, seven years after its premier in a co-production by Ilbijerri and Playbox Theatre companies in 1998 at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for the Arts. The first draft of the play was presented by Ilbijerri at the Melbourne Fringe Festival in 1993, and already, it signalled a new mode of story-telling about an emergent issue in Australian Culture. As well as the regional tours in Australia that followed the initial season, Stolen toured to London for Australia Week in 2000, and returned to the UK in 2002. It has been presented in Hong Kong and translated into Japanese with an Australian production featuring at the Tokyo International Festival in 2002. It was co-winner of the Kate Challis RAKA Award in 2002 and remounted Playbox, productions in 2002 and 2003 were seen by more than 15,000 people. The text is extensively studies on school curricula in English, history and social studies. More than any other Indigenous play, this work has spoken back to mainstream Australia, as well as, more controversially, presented stories about Australia's treatment of indigenous citizens internationally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Doll’s Revolution
Subtitle of host publicationAustralian Theatre and Cultural Imagination
Editors Rachel Fensham , Denise Varney
Place of PublicationMelbourne
PublisherAustralian Scholarly Publishing
Number of pages39
ISBN (Print)1740970888
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Externally publishedYes


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