Sydney Publishing

Q & A with Denise Varney, author of Patrick White’s Theatre

Colour photograph of two actors in a 21st century production of Patrick White's The Ham Funeral.

Denise Varney is Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne, where she teaches Australian theatre and performance, and modern and contemporary drama. Her new book, Patrick White’s Theatre: Australian Modernism on Stage, 1960–2018, explores how White’s plays have been staged and received over a period of 60 years, and offers a new analysis of his place in wider Australian modernist and theatrical traditions.

Image: a production of The Ham Funeral by Patrick White, State Theatre Company of South Australia. 

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