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Australian Plays For The Colonial Stage 1834-1899




Australian Plays For The Colonial Stage 1834-1899

Author: Richard Fotheringham



From the mid-1830s until the end of the nineteenth century hundreds of plays were written and staged in the Australian colonies.

This Academy Edition presents the scripts of nine colonial plays. Beginning with Melville's short melodrama and ending with the best known of the Kelly Gang plays, first staged in 1899 in Sydney. The volume also contains a scurrilous satire Life in Sydney (1843), a pioneering romance The Adventures of a Settler (1849), a short choral 'masque' The South-Sea Sisters (1866), a proto-nationalistic pantomime in Melbourne and Sydney versions The House that Jack Built (1869 and 1871), a city murder-mystery Hazard (1872), a comic-horror saga of a bush heroine For ₤60,000 (1874) and the first Australian stage classic, adapted in 1886 from Marcus Clarke's novel, For the Term of His Natural Life.

Each play has a generous historical and textual introductions, and is supplemented with explanatory notes on the many people, places, events and stories referred to. The appendix contains nearly sixty pages of music for the songs used in four of the productions. The book also contains over 50 illustrations