S U N D A Y ,   M A Y   2 9 ,   2 0 2 2 
Home Archives Biography Contact
History reveals
Will power
Stage director and theatre historian Julian Meyrick has a deep and wide well of academic disciplines and practical experience to draw upon for his ambitious new study.

Taking 50 Australian plays from the last 120 years, he adroitly demonstrates the “central role drama has played in the development of the country”, underscoring a “national life” in the way Genevan philosopher Jean-Jacques Rousseau meant the term, “how a people become a people”, facing common experiences Meyrick identifies as “pandemic, looking after the country, climate change”.

Stage drama, writes Meyrick, a Professor of Creative Arts at Queensland’s Griffith University, is a “medium for contemporary society to think of itself as a contemporary society”, a tried and true “collective” way for people to consider issues such as immigration, urban regeneration, sustainable growth and disease prevention.


At our café table, the didgeridoo master, composer, guitar player and vocalist William Barton has lined up two post-workout “recovery” juices and a cappuccino. The Kalkadunga man has been at the gym since 6:45 this morning with his personal trainer. Trim and alert days after flying from Italy back to Sydney, he’ll be off to the sauna soon.

The sauna reminds Barton a little of a ceremonial sweat lodge used by First Nations people of North America, where hot glowing rocks shape a pathway like a mother’s womb, akin to Mother Earth giving birth.


Steve's essays Bent Man Running published in Growing Up Queer in Australia and Stream drama in Meanjin autumn 2020.
Read More Read More
Follow Steve on Twitter.  
Written Content: Steve Dow ©2001-2022 Site Design: Outstanding Creations
Myall Creek massacre truth-telling panel Akuch Kuol Anyieth Lynette Wallworth Jason Tamiru | The Return