Australian Plays for the Colonial Stage 1834-1899

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From the mid-1830s until the end of the nineteenth century hundreds of plays were written and staged in the Australian colonies. The first known of these, Henry Melville's "The Bushrangers," was performed by a mixed amateur and professional cast at Hobart's Argyle Assembly Rooms on 29 May 1834. By the end of the century at least six professional theatre companies were giving hundreds of performances of versions of "The Kelly Gang" to popular acclaim throughout the length and breadth of Australia.This Academy Edition ...


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