Seven Big Australians


Seven Big Australians

Adventures with Comic Actors

By Anne Pender

Anne Pender explores the lives and creative work of seven extraordinary performers who have brought joy and hilarity to generations of Australians through their memorable characters on stage and television, and in their potent satire, musical comedy, revue, drama, stand up acts and one-person shows.

Noeline Brown, Max Gillies, John Clarke, Tony Sheldon, Denise Scott, Barry Humphries and Carol Raye are celebrated performers who pioneered home-grown humour, transformed the image of Australia, intervened in political life, and brought Australian comedy to the world. They created iconic figures, including Mavis Bramston, Dame Edna Everage, Clarke and Dawe, Bernadette in Priscilla Queen of the Desert, mesmerising impersonations of prime ministers and presidents and visionary stand up comedy.

In Seven Big Australians, Pender interprets the lives of these significant comic actors, offering vivid biographical portraits of their childhood and family of origin, their struggles to enter the entertainment industry and the art they created over many decades. Drawing on extensive life interviews conducted with each actor over several years, Pender documents their experience of the hardships of breaking into the industry and the challenges of staying there, the gruelling nature of daily life as a performer, the demands of working in multiple forms, the realities of script writing, under pressure and the exhilaration of performing. These actors are important cultural figures whose lives are awe inspiring, momentous and magical.

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Publisher NameMonash University Publishing
Item Dimensions153mm wide x 234mm high
Contact NameMonash University Publishing
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