Raising the Curtain

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For the first time on television, the stories of the Australian stage will be brought to life in this landmark series commissioned by STUDIO.

This is the tale of how Australia has entertained, been entertained and used theatre to speak to the world. From the entrepreneurial risk-takers that brought the first Australian plays to life, to the struggle to define an Australian voice on the worldwide stage, Raising The Curtain is the first in-depth exploration of the people and tales of Australia’s live theatre.

Featuring interviews with Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Robyn Nevin, Andrew Upton, Jack Charles, John Bell, Louis Nowra and many more. This series uses archival footage and intimate interviews with a roll call of our lauded theatre professionals to illuminate hundreds of years of the Australian stage.

Wednesday 14 November 7.30pm – Ep. 1 – The Movers And The Shakers
From the convicts to the 20th Century trail-blazers, explore the entrepreneurs who helped create Australian theatre.

Wednesday 21 November 7.30pm – Ep. 2 Not The Queen’s English
This episode explores the struggle for free speech and the playwrights who defined the Australian voice in theatre.

Wednesday 28 November 7.30pm – Ep. 3 The Shock Of The New
Explore how vaudeville and circus influenced Aussie performance, and how we redefined old theatrical traditions.