A Doll’s House, Part 2 opens a troubling door

You’d be right in thinking this play’s name sounds familiar. Lucas Hnath’s 2017 Broadway hit, A Doll’s House, Part 2, is effectively a sequel to Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen’s 19th century masterpiece, A Doll’s House. To understand the full context of A Doll’s House, Part 2, it’s worth looking at its prequel. Following its world premiere in 1879, A Doll’s House became highly successful and … Continue reading A Doll’s House, Part 2 opens a troubling door

Venus in Fur: ‘Real’ Women and the Male Gaze

By Amy Walters Amy saw Venus In Fur at the Street Theatre in late August. The play was written by David Ives and was first performed in 2010. The Street’s production was directed by Caroline Stacey, and starred Joanna Richards and Craig Alexander. As Hannah Gadbsy pointed out in her ABC television series Nakedy Nudes, the canon of Western art has a problem—and that problem is the male … Continue reading Venus in Fur: ‘Real’ Women and the Male Gaze

Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction

By Amy Walters The National Library of Australia awarded their 2018 Creative Arts Fellowship for Creative Writing to Liam Pieper,supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust. They also hosted a special event in which Pieper reflected on researching and writing revisionist fiction. In an interview for The Guardianon the release of his first novel The Toymaker, which is set during the Holocaust, Liam Pieper said: “Sometimes you need … Continue reading Bittereinder: Liam Pieper and Historical Fiction

Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig

By Angharad Lodwick I arrived at the National Library of Australia for this event with a bit of time to spare, so I went to pick up a copy of cartoonist Michael Leunig’s new book “Hope in Dark Times” from the NLA bookstore. A veteran of these events, I figured if I picked up a copy early, I’d have more chance of being further along … Continue reading Hope in Dark Times: An Evening with Michael Leunig

Like a Love Affair: Ivan Southall—Fellowship Presentation

By Angharad Lodwick I remember reading a book in the late 1990s when I was in about grade six. All I could remember was that it was about a group of children who get stranded in a cave after some kind of natural disaster. I couldn’t remember much else about the book. Not the title, the author or any of the characters. However, something about … Continue reading Like a Love Affair: Ivan Southall—Fellowship Presentation