Australia onstage: Illuminating national heritage with the Black Swan Theatre Company

Picture this: It's a balmy Australian summer's evening and you're sitting in the theatre as a mesmerizing five-hour-long production comes to a close. Suddenly, the back wall of the theatre opens to reveal the glorious night sky and the Indian Ocean lapping at the rear of the stage. One of the main characters throws himself into the water: With a single splash and a snap blackout a moment of pure magic is created. This is the evocative image that captivated audiences at the conclusion of

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