Nick Enright

An Actor’s Playwright

Volume Editors: Anne Pender and Susan Lever
Nick Enright (1950-2003) was one of Australia’s most significant and successful playwrights. As a writer, director, actor and teacher he influenced theatre in Australia for thirty years. Enright wrote more than fifty plays for the stage, film, television and radio, translated and adapted more, and taught acting to students in varied settings, both in Australia and the United States. His writing repertoire included comedy, social realism, farce, fantasy and the musical. In addition to his prodigious contribution to all of these genres, he was a passionate advocate for the actor and the theatre in contemporary society.
In this volume Anne Pender and Susan Lever present a set of essays and recollections about Nick Enright’s work for students, teachers and scholars. The book offers a comprehensive study of Enright’s writing for theatre, film and television. Scholars, acting teachers and theatre directors have contributed to this work each illuminating an aspect of Enright’s remarkable career. The discussions cover interpretations of Enright’s scripts and productions, detailed analysis of his directing style, substantial background and analysis of his writing for musicals, as well as accounts of his specific approach to acting and to adaptation across genres. The essays and recollections included in this book will inspire theatre practitioners as well as scholars. Most importantly, this book will inform and enlighten students and teachers both at high school and university about an exceptional career in the theatre.

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Anne Pender is Senior Lecturer in English and Theatre Studies at the University of New England, Armidale, Australia.
Susan Lever is Associate Professor of English, the University of New South Wales, at the Australian Defence Force Academy, in Canberra, Australia.
"This book makes an excellent contribution to theatre scholarship at a time when the profile of the Australian playwright seems to be slipping into curious abeyance at the hands of ‘the devising team’." - in: Theatre Research International, 34.2
List of Figures
Series Editor’s Preface
Editors’ Preface
Contributors’ Biographies
The Productions
Anne PENDER: Nick Enright: A Life in Theatre
Peter FITZPATRICK: Life or a Cabaret?: Nick Enright and The Boy from Oz
Susan LEVER: Masculinity, Guilt and the Moral Failures of the Body: Nick Enright’s Screenplays
Jack TEIWES: The Collaboration Process: Nick Enright and Justin Monjo’s Adaptation of Cloudstreet
Mary Ann HUNTER: Youthful Presence: Nick Enright as Teacher and A Property of the Clan
Veronica KELLY: Enright’s Mongrels as Intervention in the Canon of Contemporary Australian Drama
Adrian KIERNANDER: Enright on the Record: Evidence from the Television Archives of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Jane O’SULLIVAN: Mongrels and Young Curs: The Hounding of the Feminine in St James Infirmary, Good Works, Blackrock and Spurboard
Felicity PLUNKETT: Anxiety and a Fragmented Australia in Nick Enright’s A Man With Five Children
Julian MEYRICK: “Loved Every Minute of It”: Nimrod, Enright’s The Venetian Twins and the Invention of Popular Theatre
Susan LEVER and Anne PENDER: Summer Rain: Sweet Nostalgia
The Collaborator
George OGILVIE: Nick Enright: A Man With Many Children
Sandy GORE: Nick Enright: Friend
Karen VICKERY: Nick Enright: An Acting Teacher Recollected
Terence CLARKE: Prima Le Parole E Poi La Musica
Appendix: Works by Nick Enright