Are Australian plays flourishing?

In a bid to get to the bottom of whether Australian plays are being sacrificed for adaptations or international work, Alison Croggon, ABC critic and writer, and arts writer Jane Howard, logged the 2013 seasons of all the AMPAG theatre companies.

Are Australian plays flourishing?

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They found that of a total of 93 productions mounted in 2013, 54 were new Australian works—that is, almost 60 per cent.

They examined the seasons of the same companies in 2003, applying the same criteria—and were struck by two trends.

The first is that we are making more theatre, with the number of productions growing from 68 in 2003 to 93 this year, an increase of 36 per cent.

‘The second is that the number of original Australian plays on main stages hasn’t changed at all.’

Read the full article here and the online conversation it triggered.

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