Witness Histories Episode 3: Part 2. One of the subtle and long-lasting processes of colonisation is the importation and imposition of the cultural forms and narratives of the coloniser onto the colony. Here Robert Reid tracks some of that process as it occurred through Australian theatre in the 19th century, through the often disreputable careers of the early actor-managers.
Alison Croggon is co-editor and co-founder of Witness. She is an award-winning novelist, poet, librettist and critic. She has 30 years experience reviewing performance for outlets such as the Australian, ABC Arts Online and The Monthly and generated an international reputation as a performance critic with her influential blog Theatre Notes, which revolutionised performance discourse in Australia. In 2009 she was the first online critic to win the prestigious Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year Award.