Roe, Michael, A Play for 'National Theatre': Fifi Banvard in Hobart 1950-53, Tasmanian Historical Studies, 17 pp. 91-110. ISSN 1324-048X (2012) [Refereed Article]
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Live drama suffered increasingly hard times in Australia during the 1930s and 1940s. Even the big capitals lacked audiences enough to sustain continuing professional companies. Radio and cinema were at their hey-day, offering entertainment for varied tastes. That left little room for traditional theatre, and occupying that space were amateur or semi-amateur groups. All these circumstances had effect in Tasmania, where insularity and sparse population had always impeded theatrical endeavour. Yet for a couple years in mid-century Hobart there proceeded an attempt, led by Yvonne ('Fifi') Banvard, to establish a permanent company, offering quality drama under the banner of 'national theatre'. The venture defied all common sense. It failed, but that it ever happened is extraordinary.
|Item Type:||Refereed Article|
|Research Division:||History and Archaeology|
|Research Group:||Historical Studies|
|Research Field:||Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)|
|Objective Division:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Group:||Expanding Knowledge|
|Objective Field:||Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology|
|Author:||Roe, Michael (Professor Michael Roe)|
|Deposited By:||History and Classics|
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