Diane Stubbings

Diane Stubbings

Diane Stubbings is a writer and critic based in Melbourne. Her plays have been shortlisted for a number of Australian and international awards, and staged in Sydney, Melbourne and New Zealand. She has written for The Australian, The Canberra Times and the Sydney Review of Books, and her study of Irish Modernism was published by Palgrave. Diane is currently undertaking practice-based graduate research at VCA, University of Melbourne, investigating intersections between science and theatre.

Diane Stubbings reviews 'The Genes That Make Us: Human stories from a revolution in medicine' by Edwin Kirk

October 2020, no. 425 24 September 2020
Diane Stubbings reviews 'The Genes That Make Us: Human stories from a revolution in medicine' by Edwin Kirk
The announcement in June 2000 that a first draft of the human genome had been completed was rightly recognised as a landmark in scientific endeavour. Predictions were that the sequencing of the genome would allow for the pinpointing of genes responsible for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease, and lead to finely targeted, even personalised, treatments for a range of disorders. That ... (read more)

Diane Stubbings reviews 'Nerve: A personal journey through the science of fear' by Eva Holland

September 2020, no. 424 24 August 2020
Diane Stubbings reviews 'Nerve: A personal journey through the science of fear' by Eva Holland
While climbing in British Columbia, Canadian writer and journalist Eva Holland becomes paralysed by fear. She has long been troubled by exposed heights, but this is different. What she experiences is an ‘irrational force’ that prevents her from moving. It is only the dogged encouragement of friends that allows her to make her tentative way back down the mountain. The terror Holland confronts ... (read more)

Diane Stubbings reviews 'Why Trust Science?' by Naomi Oreskes

May 2020, no. 421 27 April 2020
Diane Stubbings reviews 'Why Trust Science?' by Naomi Oreskes
In lectures delivered at Princeton University in November 2016, science historian Naomi Oreskes asked why, at a time when the epistemological and cultural relevance of science is subject to increasing doubt, we should still have confidence in science as our primary source of knowledge about the physical world. Why Trust Science? is the culmination of those lectures, and includes not only Oreskes ... (read more)

Emerald City (Melbourne Theatre Company)

ABR Arts 13 March 2020
Emerald City (Melbourne Theatre Company)
In the last decade there has been a welcome shift in our theatre ecology, with more main-stage companies keen to revisit classic Australian plays. Where once a new work by a local writer would have its run and then, no matter how acclaimed, disappear, rarely to be seen again outside of school and amateur productions, we are now being given another chance to experience some of these seminal plays, ... (read more)

'Home, I'm Darling' (MTC)

ABR Arts 28 January 2020
'Home, I'm Darling' (MTC)
Judy and Johnny live a blissful 1950s life. While he readies himself for a day at the office, she twirls around the kitchen preparing his breakfast. They are, they declare, ‘sickeningly happy … utterly content’. The twist that comes at the end of the first scene of Home, I’m Darling has been heavily signposted in pre-publicity, so it’s not giving anything away to say that we are not in t ... (read more)
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