"White out: theatre as an agent of border patrol"
Source TitleTheatre Research International
PublisherCambridge University Press
University of Melbourne Author/sVarney, Denise
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsVARNEY, D. J. (2003). "White out: theatre as an agent of border patrol". Theatre Research International, 28 (3), pp.326-338. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0307883303001160.
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In Australia in 2001, there was a marked escalation of debates about nation, national identity and national borders in tandem with a right-wing turn in national politics. Within the cultural context of debate about national identity, popular theatre became an unwitting ally of neo-conservative forces. Within popular theatre culture, the neo-conservative trend is naturalized as the view of the Anglo-Celtic-European mainstream or core culture that also embraces and depoliticizes feminist debates about home and family. Elizabeth Coleman's 2001 play This Way Up assists in the production of an inward-looking turn in the national imaginary and a renewed emphasis on home and family. The performance dramatizes aspects of what we are to understand as ordinary Australian life which might be interpreted as that which Prime Minister John Howard defends in the name of the National Interest. The cultural imaginary that shapes the production of the popular play is that of the conservative white national imaginary.
KeywordsDrama; Theatre and Performance Studies; The Performing Arts (incl. Music; Theatre and Dance)
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