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 Brooker is a writer, editor, critic, playwright, essayist, and bookseller. His work has been featured by Overland, New Matilda, New Internationalist, Australian Book Review, RealTime, The Lifted Brow, and Daily Review. His most recently produced work for the stage was the dystopian triptych This Storm (2016 Adelaide Fringe Festival). He is a co-facilitator of Adelaide’s Quart Short literary reading salons and in 2016-17 was an inaugural Sydney Review of Books Emerging Critics Fellow.