Choosing the plays

I’ve started off pretty haphazardly. I went to the library at UQ and pulled various plays off the shelves, just because I stumbled on them.

There are also some from my own library that I haven’t yet read and am finally going to make time for.

My intention is to try to balance my reading in terms of gender and Australian content. So for every play by a male playwright that I read, I want to read one by a female playwright. For every international play, I want to find an Australian one.

To that end, I’m tagging the plays as I go with Australian if they’re local, and female writer if they’re by a woman.

Because I am researching for my PhD, lots of the plays I read will be ones that I’ve discovered mentioned in articles and which I then track down to satisfy my own interest.

I imagine I’ll end up with my complete works of Shakespeare and lots of the classics, simply because they’re easily available. But I hope to bring lots of different plays to this forum and would be very happy to get your recommendations.

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8 Responses to “Choosing the plays”

  1. rob March 25, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    go to the Australian Script Centre and download some of them – it’ll be cheaper and a wider range of local work than is available in the library…

  2. Van April 16, 2011 at 6:22 am #

    Wow, this is great. Let me know if you want any recommendations to consider.

    • Katherine Lyall-Watson April 16, 2011 at 6:28 am #

      Definitely! Very happy to take recommendations. Although it will probably end up being a logistical exercise: plays I can borrow from the library or from friends’ libraries will be read before ones I have to buy. sigh. oh for a disposable income…

  3. Jane April 16, 2011 at 9:14 am #

    For an easy online resource, http://australianplays.org/ has 1200 Australian scripts which can be read on the website for $40/year. Of course I constantly find they don’t have an online copy of the very one I want to read, but I’ve found it incredible value.

    • Katherine Lyall-Watson April 16, 2011 at 11:20 am #

      Fantastic! I’ll sign up this week. Although I do love the hard copy in my hand. Spend so much time on my computer as it is that the hour with a play is quite blissful when it’s a book…

  4. Steven Mitchell Wright July 18, 2011 at 3:29 pm #

    Katherine,

    Have you read any of Howard Barker’s plays? I’d be interested to see what you think..

    SMW

    • Katherine Lyall-Watson July 18, 2011 at 11:22 pm #

      I have two on my bookshelf in my ‘to read’ pile (The Castle and Scenes from an Execution). Hope to get to them soon. 🙂

  5. Danielle May 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    My school is looking for a senior school production. We are opposed to any plays that are “teen friendly” or lacking dramatic action due to our age. We come from a fairly open minded drama program, and our last two productions were “Black Rock” and “The Crucible”. I would love to hear if you have any suggestions of great plays with lots of dramatic tension! Thanks!

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