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Clare Monagle

Clare Monagle

Clare Monagle is a Professor in the Department of History and Archaeology at Macquarie University, with expertise in medieval intellectual history and gender studies. 

'Cost of Living: Taut, clever, thought-provoking theatre' by Clare Monagle

ABR Arts 22 July 2024
‘The shit that happens is not to be understood,’ declares the character Eddie Torres in the first line of Martyna Majok’s Cost of Living. Eddie, played by a beautifully burly Philip Quast, inaugurates the play with this bald statement of life’s incomprehensibility. Some are born rich and safe; others into abuse and strife. Some get to inhabit their bodies easily, and stride through life in ... (read more)

Clare Monagle reviews ‘Netflicks: Conceptual television in the streaming era’ by Tony Hughes-d'Aeth

June 2024, no. 465 22 May 2024
Netflicks is the first book in UWAP’s ‘Vignettes’ series. The series’ brief is to introduce readers to contemporary scholarly thinking about pressing issues of modern life in the format of short, lucid books. Judging from the first iteration, ‘Vignettes’ promises to offer complex and coherent readings of the world we live in now, informed by deep knowledge but wearing its learning ligh ... (read more)

'The Seagull: Andrew Upton's new adaptation of Chekhov's classic' by Clare Monagle

ABR Arts 27 November 2023
The setting is a country property somewhere in parched wheatbelt Australia. It is a four-hour drive from the city, with patchy phone reception. In Andrew Upton’s adaptation of Chekhov’s The Seagull, the character’s names remain the same, but we find Irina, Constantin, and Boris et al. in twenty-first-century Australia, dealing with mozzies and moaning about the internet, or lack thereof. Th ... (read more)

'The Weekend: An insightful adaption of Charlotte Wood’s novel' by Clare Monagle

ABR Arts 11 August 2023
The Weekend is a Trojan horse of a play. In setting and humour, the production shares a family resemblance to many of David Williamson’s comedies of middle-class manners. The scene is a beach house on the Central Coast of New South Wales over Christmas. Our characters are three white women of seeming privilege in their early seventies who throw around one-liners about sourdough bread and poke fu ... (read more)

'Do Not Go Gentle: Patricia Cornelius’s marvel of a play' by Clare Monagle

ABR Arts 31 May 2023
Do Not Go Gentle, presented by the Sydney Theatre Company, is a marvel of a play, and this is a marvel of a production. Patricia Cornelius’s words, spoken by Scott of the Antarctic and his ragtag bunch of fellow travellers, are poetic, quixotic, trenchant, and potent. The liminal space offered by the ice and the snow of the setting takes the characters deep into their own psychic extremities. Th ... (read more)

'Julia: Hagiography in secular form' by Clare Monagle

ABR Arts 17 April 2023
First things first, the audience loved it. As Julia Gillard, in a performance that blended naturalism and impersonation, Justine Clarke held the crowd in the palm of her hand. They swooned and sighed to the wholesome depiction of Gillard’s working-class Welsh parents and cackled at the pleasurable jokes made at the expense of Kevin Rudd, Mark Latham, and John Howard. And when Julia wrestled with ... (read more)

'To wear the crown too easily: A bizarre new reign begins' by Clare Monagle

October 2022, no. 447 26 September 2022
Has anyone else been chuckling upon hearing the words ‘Charles III, king of Australia’? In my household, the movie Anchorman is a sacred text, and its buffoonish 1970s news anchor protagonist Ron Burgundy is our holy fool. So devoted is our fandom that we own the Anchorman out-takes DVD. In one scene that was cut, the ambitious and glamorous television journalist Veronica Corningstone confides ... (read more)