David Williamson speaks with Year 11 Drama

connections-issue0816-david-williamson-thThe PLC Sydney Drama Department was honoured to host an intimate Q&A with Australia’s most prolific playwright, David Williamson. Senior Drama students study how our cultural values are represented in the theatre and how this has changed over time. It is impossible to study the history of Australian Drama without engaging with Williamson’s plays. Indeed, his work forms a significant portion of the Australian cannon. With 50 plays spanning over 40 years, Williamson is undoubtedly one of our country’s strongest playwriting voices.

 

Williamson was very generous with his time, spending over an hour with the Senior Drama students discussing the emergence of the Australian voice as a very real and necessary part of the theatrical landscape. Students were interested to hear about the development of his more famous works such as The Club, The Removalists and Dead White Males. Williamson stressed the need for more Australian works to be supported by our big theatre companies. He was very happy to hear that the PLC Sydney Drama department places a particular emphasis on Australian material with students studying plays by Alana Valentine, Tom Holloway, Kate Mulvany and Lally Katz. Students left with a renewed understanding of the power of Theatre in both the political and artistic spheres. 

 

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