Event Visions
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Venue Paris Theatre, Sydney, NSW
First Date 17 August 1978
Dates Estimated No
Status Professional
World Premiere Yes
Description This play is set in Paraguay of the 1860s during the War of the Triple Alliance, the bloodiest conflict in Latin American history. The megalomaniac President Lopez has married Madame Lynch, a Partisan courtesan. His ignorance and her egotism together bring ruin on the country themselves. Against this violent background of bungled diplomacy, death and superstition, is set an allegory of conflicting values, where visions of the civilised arts of peace sacrifice a nation to its own barbarity.
Description Source Other
Primary Genre Theatre - Spoken Word
Secondary Genre Drama
Theatre
Subjects Nineteenth Century
South America
War
Organisations
The Paris Company, Production Company
Contributors
Name Function Notes
Jennifer Claire Actor Juana
Geoffrey Clendon Actor Aide to Lopez
Peter Corbett Actor Lopez's Father
Claire Crowther Actor Adelaide
Judy Davis Actor Marie
Kate Fitzpatrick Actor Madame Lynch
John Gaden Actor President Lopez of Paraguay
Tim Hughes Actor Valera
John Paramor Actor American Ambassador
Mary-Lou Stewart Actor Corina
Keith Bain Choreographer
Sarah de Jong Composer
Melody Cooper Designer
Jono Enemark Designer
Rex Cramphorn Director
Martin Sharp Graphic Designer
George Sima Guitarist
Bill Walker Lighting Designer
Cameron Allan Musical Director
Peter Kelly Percussionist
Louis Nowra Playwright
Luciana Arrighi Production Designer
Jono Enemark Production Manager
Stephen Piper Stage Manager
Martin Sharp Visual Artist
Resources
Article: Chance meeting brought 'sisters' together, Sydney Morning Herald, 3 August 1978, 10
Article: Visions no clear win say critics, The News, 31 August 1978
Article: Visions of hope at Paris, The Sun (NSW), 21 August 1978
Letter: Patrick White, Visionary, The Australian, 24 August 1978, 6
Review: Brian Hoad, Romantic collapse into cultural coma, The Bulletin, 29 August 1978, 65
Review: Frances Kelly, Clouded Visions, The Australian, 21 August 1978
Review: H. G. Kippax, Visions - detached, savage parable, Sydney Morning Herald, 19 August 1978
Review: Taffy Davies, Visions of a sad epitaph, The Sun (NSW), 18 August 1978
Review: Victor Emeljanow, Nowra's ironic juxtapositions, The National Times, 2 September 1978
Works
Visions
Text Nationality Australia
Production Nationality Australia
Further Information Sourced from advertisement in programme for Nimrod production of Berkoff's Metamorphosis, 1978.
Data Source
Source Description
Australian Drama Project (UQ) VISIONSLN
Programme SBW Foundation Archives and Performing Arts Collection
Book John McCallum, Belonging: Australian Playwriting in the 20th Century, Currency Press, Strawberry Hills, NSW, 2009
Programme Visions by Louis Nowra
Book Performing Arts Year Book of Australia 1978
Event Identifier 6134