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Translating the edge: Back in the Golden Age

Moody, D. (2002) Translating the edge: Back in the Golden Age. In: Australasian Drama Studies Association (ADSA) Conference 2002: Drama on the Edge, 3 - 6 July 2002, Launceston, Tasmania


This paper discusses a performance of Louis Nowra's The Golden Age at Murdoch, Perth, W.A. A classic Australian text dealing with issues of identity, history and oppression, the play is centred on the island "edge" of another "island". It poses the question: what does it mean to be marginal? How does the marginal re-perform itself as a centre? By translating the text from one edge to another, does the play still speak- twenty years later- with the same power about "outcastin'", power, race and gender. The paper discusses praxis itself as a form of "translation", and every performance as an act of re-centering, re-marginalization.

Item Type: Conference Paper
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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