Make It Australian, Gabrielle Wolf's very readable history of Melbourne's Australian Performing Group (APG), is an engaging and comprehensive account of the contribution of a seminal theatre company to Australian culture. Wolf's straightforward style and well researched choices find lasting relevance for the APG and the book deserves a wide readership. A number of APG members remain key figures in Australian culture. One of theatre's greats, playwright John Romeril, presented Wolf with the 'Make It Australian' title, which sums up the impetus behind productions and APG's legacy, as exemplified by Romeril himself. Make It Australian will inform those interested in Australia's social history as well as advocates for theatre, because it confirms the contribution oftheatre as a cultural institution presenting ideas that lead to change. Wolfmakes claims for the social critique delivered by APG productions supported by a variety of sources and shows how the APG both came out ofthe cultural era ofthe 1960s to 1970s and, in tum, contributed to its ideological fervour.
Review 0f Make It Australian: The Australian Performing Group, the Pram Factory and New Wave Theatre, by Gabrielle Wolf.
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