Seven Big Australians: Adventures with Comic Actors


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ISBN 9781925835212

Pender, Anne






Weight 0.35 kg
Dimensions 15.3 × 23.4 cm


actors have made a particularly strong contribution to cultural life in
Australia over the past sixty years. They have brought a range of memorable
characters to the stage, television and film; they have transformed our image
of ourselves, helped to overturn the crippling cultural cringe, and brought
Australian humour and satire to the world. The
Australian theatre, television and film industries are dynamic in ways that
could never have been imagined fifty years ago. These industries have expanded
and demonstrated extraordinary vitality, with actors, as the public face of the
performing arts, carrying the immediate responsibility for the success of each
show. It is the actors, and often the characters they play, that we remember
when we recall a favourite television program, film or play, long after we have
seen it. In spite of this they are frequently left out of history.

book draws on extensive interviews to present full, rounded portraits of seven
significant Australian comic actors: Carol Raye, Barry Humphries, Noeline
Brown, Max Gillies, John Clarke, Tony Sheldon, and Denise Scott. Taken
together, these actors’ careers span the period from the Second World War until
the present and contributed immensely to the cultural life of millions of

About the author
Anne Pender is Professor of English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England and author of From a Distant Shore: Australian Writers in Britain 18202012 (with Bruce Bennett), One Man Show: The Stages of Barry Humphries, and Christina Stead: Satirist.

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