By Louis Nowra. Sydney Theatre Company. Wharf 1 Theatre, Walsh Bay. Jan 14 – Feb 20, 2016
Louis Nowra’s 1985 classic The Golden Age sprang from a decade when our playwrights wrote not domestic snapshots but big picture, big cast, thematically ambitious epics.
Nowra’s ironically titled play follows the discovery after nearly a century of a lost tribe of convicts in the wilds of Tasmania, but also trips through the collapse of civilisations from ancient Greece to Nazi Germany. This is no less than the clash of culture and nature, of classes, of settler and indigenous histories, and what’s forging our national identity.