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.