'The city's surrounded by fire': Michael Gow's "The Kid"

Makeham, Paul B. (2000) 'The city's surrounded by fire': Michael Gow's "The Kid". Australasian Drama Studies, pp. 73-87.

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Michael Gow recently replaced Robyn Nevin as Artistic Director of the Queensland Theatre Company. His appointment not only signals the QTC's eagerness to develop new and younger audiences, but also confirms that Gow's stocks are again at a premium in Australian theatre circles, following a brief but telling period in the wilderness in the late 80s. As Gow navigates his flagship through the uncertain waters of the new millennium, it seems timely to re-consider The Kid (1983), the impressive first work which launched his playwriting career. Of particular interest is the play's discursive construction of space, the characters moving from a bleak, spiritless rural landscape into an apocalyptic city which finally consumes them. Engaging issues such as nuclear war, youth suicide and the welfare state, The Kid situates these immediate concerns within a much more ambitious vision, in which the dramatic world is invested with a quality of mythic transcendence.

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ID Code: 7197
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Australian theatre, apocalypse, urban landscape, alienation
ISSN: 0810-4123
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 > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Paul Makeham
Deposited On: 30 Apr 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:39

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