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    Lords and Larrikins

    This radical account reveals the central importance of the male performer in Australian public life, showing how the aspiring middle classes turned to actors to teach them public behaviour and political opinion, and how class divided high art and low comedy. While imperial Shakespeare drew in patrons, politicians and critics, vaudeville comedians upheld the right to a working-class Australia. When in 1970 public funding fuelled the rise of a high-art culture, a bevy of buffoons led a new assault to subvert it. Kath Leahy asks questions about why, even today, we still call for control of the public artist.

     The Empire Actors

    In the decades from Federation to the 1920s, live entertainment was an integral part of the Imperial world, and performers were the first generation of truly global marketeers. In epic tales of royal splendour and Napoleonic conquest, of heroic gladiators and Christian sacrifice, of musketeers and courtesans, hussars and doomed princesses, Arab houris and Oriental mandarins, international stage celebrities transported Australasian audiences into identification with the older, more powerful civilisations from which they had come.