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

Comans, Christine Anne Wilmington (2009) The new wave : a Brisbane perspective : La Boite Theatre Company's distinctive contribution. Double Dialogues, 11 Winter.

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Abstract

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 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. 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, it is now time for a re-consideration of Brisbane's distinctive contribution to the New Wave.

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ID Code: 31037
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Published version available at 'Official URL'.
Keywords: Australian theatre, theatre history, New Wave, Brisbane Repertory Theatre, La Boite Theatre Company
ISSN: 1447-9591
Subjects: 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 > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Dr Christine Comans
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2010 12:06
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2013 15:55

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