Research Lists

This page comprises a selection of research lists culled from AVTA works and practitioners entries and as yet to be published research files. All lists are being updated on an on-going basis and should be considered incomplete.

Contents

1. Farces and Sketches: 1870-1919
2. Harry Clay’s Artists, Managers and Staff: 1901-1930
3. Pre-1930s Variety Practitioners and the Film and Television     Industries
4. Pre-1930s Variety Practitioners and the Radio Industry
5. Performers and Associated Troupes: Revue, Revusical and Musical Comedy Companies
6. WWI-related Jokes, Sketch Material, Patter, Songs, Poetry and Miscellaneous Stage Craft (1914-1923)

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1. Farces and Sketches: 1870-1919

This list comprises farces (also known as “the Afterpiece“) and  ensemble comedy sketches which have been identified as having been staged by Australian-based minstrel or variety troupes between circa 1870 and 1919. Ensemble sketches are those performed by three or more performers (thus excluding two-person society sketches as performed by acts such as Gerald and Jennings, Fanning and Devoe and Hagan and Fraser).

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2.Harry Clay’s Artists, Managers and Staff: 1901-1930

Originally compiled for  “Harry Clay and Clay’s Vaudeville Company, 1865-1930” (1998 MA thesis) and later updated and revised for “What Oh Tonight: The Methodology Factor and Pre-1930s Australian Variety Theatre” (2005 Ph D thesis), this is now the definitive version as only it will be updated and revised from May 2011 onward. The entries comprise anyone who was associated with Harry Clay‘s vaudeville operations between his first touring company (1901) and 1930, the year his company folded.

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3. Pre-1930s Australian Variety Practitioners and the Film and Television Industries

This list tracks the relationship between Australia’s variety theatre and film industries between the 1910s and circa 1950s.  The list also includes any variety practitioners from the pre-1930s era who are known to have been involved in Australia’s early television industry.

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4. Pre-1930s Australian Variety Practitioners and the Radio Industry

This list is an attempt to understand how many variety performers and associated practitioners were involved in the early Australian radio industry, and in what capacities and to what extent.

Some additional research has been carried out under the direction of Professor Tom O’Regan (University of Qld) as part of a project into the intermedial relationships existing between the Australian theatre, radio, film and television industries.

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5. Performers and Associated Troupes: Revue, Revusical and Musical Comedy Companies

This list tracks the relationship between individual performers and the various touring companies they were associated with.

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6. WWI-Related Jokes, Sketch Material, Patter, Songs, Poems and Miscellaneous Stage-craft: 1914-1923

Most of the entries in these lists were compiled by Clay Djubal (2006-2007) as part of Richard Fotheringham’s Australian Research Council (ARC)-funded project into World War I-related comedy.

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Published on February 21, 2011 at 12:07 am  Comments Off on Research Lists