The Early Theatres of Adelaide, South Australia

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 76 pages
Author: I. Sellick
Year: 2021
ISBN: 9780646845593
Other: b&w & colour photos
Publisher: Ian Sellick

"Early Theaters of Adelaide, South Australia" is packed with details on all the theatres established in Adelaide during the first 15 years of colonisation (1836-1851) along with some interesting history on many of the Hotels used to host these theatres.

The book follows all the theatres from their inception with details on their promoters, actors and issues till their closures. It provides readers with a vastly different view of the social situation at the time as it uncovers topics such as continual problems with drunkenness, prostitution, "doubtful individuals" and even dogs that inhabited the pits and the laneways around the theatres and hotels of Adelaide.

Gilles Arcade is well represented as it was the centre of commerce at the time with good detail on the Queen`s Head, Arcade Shades and the various incarnations of the Queens Theatre to its final incarnation into a horse bazaar. Definitely an interesting and alternative study of Adelaide`s history in the first 15 years of settlement.

1. Theatre Royal
2. Royal Victoria Theatre
3. Argyle Rooms/Theatre
4. Queens, New and Royal Victoria Theatre
5. Adelphi and Arabin's Theatres
6. Olympic Theatre
7. Pavillion Theatre
8. Royal Adelaide Theatre
9. Dramatic Hall
10. Port Adelaide Theatre
11. Associated Hotels and Tavern
The Last Word

Cost of book: $19.50
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Ian Sellick
Phone: 0418 891 830

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