Congealed naturalism: how the dominant mode is smothering innovative theatre

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Ben Brooker

Has a preference for television-style realism resulted in most Australian theatre becoming about as interesting as muesli?

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A scene from Black Swan's 2018 production of Summer of the Seventeenth DollPhoto: Philip Gostelow.

About the author

Ben is an Adelaide-based writer, editor, critic, essayist, bookseller, and playwright. His work has been featured by Overland, Australian Book Review, RealTime, The Lifted Brow, Daily Review, Verity La, Witness, ArtsHub, and others. In 2016-17 Ben was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow and in 2018-19 was writer-in-residence at The Mill.