Millennium bridge: a contemporary Australian history

Beaton, Hilary (2006) Millennium bridge: a contemporary Australian history. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


The script, Millennium Bridge, is an investigation into the passions and fears that are shaping contemporary Australia today. Charting the political climate of the past decade, at the play's centre a man is building a bridge from Australia to Asia. The central dramatic question being asked is &quotIn an environment where the emphasis on economic prosperity overrides that of human rights and freedom of speech--what will be the consequences for the Australian people?" The accompanying analysis of the ten-year period it took to write Millennium Bridge illuminates the significance of institutional issues on a play and playwright's development. Written from the perspective of a mid-career playwright, the paper argues that the professional and personal circumstances within which a work of art is created (and their effect on the playwright's confidence and financial capacities) are a significant determinant of the productivity of playwrights.

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ID Code: 16435
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Glover, Stuart & Makeham, Paul
Keywords: mid career, playwright profile, playwrighting, early career, commissioning process, theatre reviews, theatre industry, creative industries, government funding, audience development, consumers and distributors, Asian-Australian relations, globalisation, human rights abuse, bridge-building
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Schools > Journalism, Media & Communication
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Hilary Beaton
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:03
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 19:47

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