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.
Robert Reid is co-editor and co-founder of Witness and runs our educational resources. He is a playwright, director and academic. His award-winning plays have been produced by the Melbourne Theatre Company and his own independent companies. He is artistic director of the games-based performance company, Pop Up Playground, and his Platform Paper on theatre and digital marketing was published by Currency Press in 2011. He recently completed his PhD in Australian Theatre History.