The new wave : a Brisbane perspective La Boite Theatre Company’s distinctive contribution

Comans, Christine A. (2007) The new wave : a Brisbane perspective La Boite Theatre Company’s distinctive contribution. In Enter the New Wave Symposium, 26-28 September 2007, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC. (Unpublished)

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In 1967 Brisbane Repertory Theatre made a decision that was to change the city’s cultural landscape in a significant and lasting way. Faced with crippling theatre rental costs, Brisbane Rep. found a realistic solution to its decades’ old problem of ‘a home of our own’ by converting one of its properties – an old Queenslander - into a unique theatre space. The theatre-in-the box that emerged, aptly called La Boite, opened on 23 June 1967 with a production of John Osborne’s Look Back in Anger. This experimental space excited the imagination of a new, younger audience not previously interested in Brisbane Rep’s essentially conservative fare. It attracted a new group of directors and actors keen to be part of a changing repertoire that embraced more radical, non-mainstream productions, some of which were of Australian plays. The decade after 1967 was a period of change and development unprecedented in La Boite’s history. Since then the company has sustained and grown its commitment to Australian plays and the commissioning of new works, and always within the context of theatre-in-the-round. Although not unique in the Australian theatre landscape, this arc of achievement that dates from 1967 is at least distinctive. To what extent was this most significance moment in La Boite’s transformational journey influenced by southern ‘new waves’ of change? With the benefit of hindsight, is it now time for a re-consideration of Brisbane’s contribution to the New Wave? Might this lead to a deeper, more inclusive, understanding of that taken for granted term - the New Wave?

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ID Code: 11199
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Brisbane theatre, La Boite Theatre Company, New Wave
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300) > Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) (210303)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 13 Dec 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2013 00:09

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