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The New Theatre was founded in Sydney in 1932 and Melbourne in 1936.

"The New Theatre Movement has its roots in the Workers Theatre Movement of England in the 1920s and the New Theatre of America. These movements were frankly affiliated with the Communist Party and the emphasis was firmly on the class struggle, using the agitprop style of the Soviets. Following the American trend, workers theatre groups sprang up in the Australian capitals: the Workers Art Club in Sydney, the Workers Theatre Groups in Melbourne and Perth."
See Ken Harper 'The useful theatre: the New Theatre movement in Sydney and Melbourne 1935-1983', Meanjin, March 1984.

Resources

Advertisements

  • 'Marx School Lecture', Guardian, The Guardian, Melbourne, 15 August 1947. PDF Details

Book Sections

  • Milner, Andrew, 'Radical Intellectuals: an unacknowledged legislature?', in Verity Burgmann and Jenny Lee (eds), Constructing a culture: a people's history of Australia since 1788, McPhee Gribble/ Penguin Books, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 259-84. PDF Details

Constitutions

Essaies

  • New Theatre, Art and propaganda, The first 15 years. PDF Details

Journal Articles

  • Harper, Ken, 'The useful theatre: the New Theatre movement in Sydney and Melbourne 1935-1983', Meanjin, vol. 43, no. 1, University of Melbourne, Parkville, March 1984, pp. 56-71. PDF Details

Newspaper Articles

  • 'What's on', Guardian, The Guardian, Melbourne, 15 August 1947. PDF Details
  • 'New Willis play at New Theatre', Guardian, The Guardian, Melbourne, August 15 1947. PDF Details
  • 'Clifford Odets play for New Theatre', Guardian, February 27, The Guardian, Melbourne, 1948. Image PDF Details
  • 'Another festival of Soviet films', Guardian, February 20, The Guardian, Melbourne, 1948, p. 1. Image PDF Details
  • 'Famous Soviet film 'Mother' at New Theatre June 14-29', Guardian, June 10, The Guardian, Melbourne, 1949, p. 4. Image PDF Details

Pamphlets

  • New Theatre Review, New Theatre Club., Melbourne, May 1943, 2 pp. PDF Details

Songs

  • Diamond, Dick, Selections from Reedy river - Liner Notes, 1955. PDF Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Widgeegoweera Joe, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Click go the shears, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Eumerella shore, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Reedy river, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Old black billy, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Banks of the Condamine, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Reedy lagoon, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Ballad of '91, 1955. MP3 Details
  • Diamond, Dick, Selections from Reedy river - Cover Image, Diaphon, 1955. PDF Details
  • Dick, Diamond, Four little Johnny cakes, 1955. MP3 Details

See also

  • 'Workers' art club', Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney), 6 August 1932. PDF Details