Australian Melodrama: Eighty Years of Popular Theatre
Hale & Iremonger, illus., biblio., index, 160 p., $9.95 pb., $19.95 hb, 0 908094 77 9 pb, 0 908094 76 0 hb.
It seems that going to the theatre has always been a popular activity with Australians. Popular theatre during the period covered by this book (1834–1914) staged a remarkable variety of Australian plays: operettas, melodramas, 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.