Patrick White and Australian Theatrical Modernism: from modern drama to contemporary performance

Grant number: DP140100776 | Funding period: 2014 - 2018



The project addresses the question of Patrick White, a canonical but contentious novelist, whose contribution to Australian theatrical modernism is under-recognised. This new analysis of White that focuses on his drama and the numerous theatrical performances of his plays from 1961 to 2012 aims to develop a significant new narrative for Australian theatre that maps the journey from modern drama to contemporary performance. Drawing on the considerable archive of reviews, photographs and annotated scripts, this study of White’s theatre aims to re-assess the impact of Patrick White on Australian modernism and reposition his work within a twenty-first century context of reception.

University of Melbourne Researchers