Information about work, life and play in Regional Australia

Friday, July 06, 2007

Top End Theatre

Photo: Tracks Theatre Company, Darwin

One of the things that I know far too little about is the emergence of new theatrical styles in Australia's top end.

The top end has always been very different from the south of the country, certainly very different from the New England world in which I grew up with its squatters; mansions and stylised manners.

It's not just the indigenous presence, although that is very important. Rather, the top end has always been close to Asia and has been a unique melting pot. This is now reflected in the emergence of new theatrical forms combining a range of very different influences.

Sydney has long provided itself on being multicultural, and indeed that's true in the sense of different cultures living together while remaining separate. Darwin is polycultural in that the cultures are melding to create a new form.

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