Recent Indigenous Theatre in Australia: The Politics of Autobiography
Over the past decade Australian theatre has seen an increased profile for works written and created by Indigenous artists. This paper looks at the development of Indigenous theatre in Australia and considers how increased mainstream production opportunities have facilitated this expansion of Indigenous theatre practice. Based on the textual analysis of a number of key works, this paper looks at the development of the one-person show as the dominant genre for Indigenous theatre practices, and investigates the relationship between autobiography and the celebration of ‘otherness’. This study argues that this theatre work represents a shift away from conventional representations of Aboriginality towards a more self-determined expression of political identity.
Keywords: Australian Indigenous Theatre, Autobiography, Self Representation
Dr. Hilary Glow
Lecturer Arts Management, Bowater School of Managememt and Marketing, Deakin University