(Adam Spreadbury-Maher’s article appeared in the Guardian, 9/7.)
How many great Australian plays can you name? And no, the stage version of Priscilla Queen of the Desert doesn't count. If it's not many, that is hardly surprising, because it's only about once a decade that a major Australian work makes an appearance in the West End, the most recent being the brilliant Holding the Man at Trafalgar Studios. This lack of outlets for Australian drama – both here and in Australia itself, where theatre is a much smaller part of the culture – means that the fringe venue I run, the Cock Tavern theatre in Kilburn, is in the rather wonderful position of being able to present one of my home country's most celebrated dramatic works for the first time ever in the UK.
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