Staging past and present simultaneously: Andrew Bovell's Holy Day (The Red Sea)

Pulford, Donald (2006) Staging past and present simultaneously: Andrew Bovell's Holy Day (The Red Sea). In: Mapping uncertain territories: space and place in contemporary theatre and drama. Contemporary Drama in English, 13 . Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. ISBN 3884768263

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Andrew Bovell's play depicts the lead-up to and immediate aftermath of a massacre of Australian Aborigines. In so doing, it forcefully demonstrates a continuity of injustice and its aftermath in the present. It insists that there are painful and injurious continuities in Australian history that must be confronted if they are to be healed. How the script employs allusions and parallels to do so is the business of this paper. The article also treats the script as a contribution to Australia's 'History Wars', a struggle among intellectuals and politicians about how far history should influence present action.

Additional Information:Papers Given on the Occasion of the Fourteenth Annual Conference of the German Society for Contemporary Theatre and Drama in English
Keywords:Australian theatre, Bovell, Australian culture, Australian Aboriginal
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:9831
Deposited On:11 Jun 2013 15:33

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