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Recollections at play : a life in Australian theatre

Author: John Sumner
Publisher: Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press ; Portland, Or., USA : International Specialized Book Services [distributor], 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Australian theatre companies - Melbourne Theatre Company - Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust; Gives insights into all aspects of theatre life: acting, directing and the production process, the question of standards, the role of government and the changing terrains of Australian drama.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Sumner, John, 1924-
Recollections at play.
Carlton, Vic. : Melbourne University Press ; Portland, Or., USA : International Specialized Book Services [distributor], 1993
(OCoLC)624342444
Named Person: John Sumner; John Sumner; John (Regisseur) Sumner
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: John Sumner
ISBN: 0522844944 9780522844948
OCLC Number: 29582036
Notes: Includes index.
Description: xvi, 398 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Prologue 1942. Part 1 Flexing 1952-1958: Spying out the land 1952 The Union Theatre Repertory Company 1952-1953; The first season 1953-1954; Costs and benefits 1954-1955; A wider ocean 1955-1957; Summer of the seventeenth doll 1955-1957; The doll oveaseas 1957-1958; A payment 1957-1958. Part 2 Exploring 1958-1965: In limbo 1957-1959; Back to the UTRC 1959-1960; Branching out 1960-1961; The one day of the year and more 1961-1962; The Northern Territory 1962-1979; New ground 1962-1967; From "Sarsaparilla" to "A Cheery Soul" 1962-1963; Regaining focus 1964; Overseas - impressions and tributes 1965; Oveaseas - factfinding 1965; The end at the Union Theatre 1965. Part 3 Growing 1966-1972: Under one roof 1966-1967; The Melbourne Theatre Company 1967-1968; Our lives changed 1969 Standards 1970; Comings and goings 1971-1972; The end of twenty years 1972. Part 4 Faltering 1973-1978 The twentieth anniversary year 1973; Winding down after the party 1974; Progress blunted 1975; Plunging on 1976; The doll trilogy 1976-1977; Larger spaces 1977; Constant new beginnings 1977-1978. Part 5 Steadying 1978-1984: Catching up 1978-1979; More plans and more risks 1979; Uneasily into the eighties 1980-1981; Distractions 1981-1982; Sweet and sour 1982; Bombshell and aftermath 1982-1983; Finally into the Arts Centre 1984; Recollections at play 1984; Epilogue: two thoughts for the future.
Responsibility: John Sumner.

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"Recollections at Play" traces the growth of Australian theatre between 1952 and 1984, as seen through the eyes of one of its most influential practitioners.  Read more...

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