Australian Melodrama: Eighty Years of Popular Theatre by Eric Irvin (Second Hand Book)

SECOND HAND BOOK

Popular theatre flourished in Australia between 1834 and 1914 with an extraordinary vigour. A remarkable variety of Australian plays- Eric Irvin lists more than 600- were staged in those eighty years: melodramas, operettas, burlesques, sensation plays, and extravaganzas. On Our Selection, the first play to be called ‘Australian through and through’, opened to an audience of more than a thousand and achieved tremendous popularity.

Eric Irvin conjures up this exciting period in Australia’s dramatic history when in Sydney alone between six and eight thousand people would go to the theatre each night. Australian Melodrama recounts the successes and the failures: the stories of actor-manager-playwrights such as Dampier and Darrell whose plays rewarded them with long runs, and the struggling writers who made nothing at all.

-From back cover

Paperback, 160pp, 1981.

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SECOND HAND BOOK

Popular theatre flourished in Australia between 1834 and 1914 with an extraordinary vigour. A remarkable variety of Australian plays- Eric Irvin lists more than 600- were staged in those eighty years: melodramas, operettas, burlesques, sensation plays, and extravaganzas. On Our Selection, the first play to be called ‘Australian through and through’, opened to an audience of more than a thousand and achieved tremendous popularity.

Eric Irvin conjures up this exciting period in Australia’s dramatic history when in Sydney alone between six and eight thousand people would go to the theatre each night. Australian Melodrama recounts the successes and the failures: the stories of actor-manager-playwrights such as Dampier and Darrell whose plays rewarded them with long runs, and the struggling writers who made nothing at all.

-From back cover

Paperback, 160pp, 1981.

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Weight 0.475 kg
Dimensions 21.5 × 14 × 1.5 cm

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