Louis Nowra, 'Radiance' (Sydney: Currency Press, 1993)
Makeham, Paul B. (1994) Louis Nowra, 'Radiance' (Sydney: Currency Press, 1993). Australasian Drama Studies, 25, pp. 189-193.
Louis Nowra wrote 'Radiance' especially for the three actors who performed it in the play’s premier season at Belvoir Street Theatre in September 1993. And the Currency Press playscript / programme produced for that season foregrounds these three performers – Rachael Maza, Lydia Miller and Rhoda Roberts – in such a way that the usual distinction between dramatis personae and the actors who play them is considerably diminished. Both the blurb on the back cover and Nowra’s introduction emphasise this special relationship between text and actors, but it is the front cover shot which particularly reflects the conjunction between the two. Rather than depicting a scene from performance, or a ‘graphic’ suggesting something of the play’s thematic content, the front cover of Radiance features the three actors in a posed promotional shot. Arms joined warmly, lovingly, about each other’s waist, bodies turned away from but faces towards the camera, it is the actors we see, not their characters. It’s a very joyful image; they’re positively beaming. Radiant. They look as if they could really be the three half-sisters they portray, except that such moments of blithe sorority are just about non-existent in the play.
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|Keywords:||Radiance, Louis Nowra, Australian theatre and drama|
|Subjects:||Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400)|
|Divisions:||Current > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
|Copyright Owner:||Copyright 1994 Paul B. Makeham|
|Deposited On:||15 Mar 2011 02:54|
|Last Modified:||16 Jun 2011 15:00|
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