Miles Franklin Award Longlist 2015

Ten books have been longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Award. Three debut novelists and eight women are on the list, including award - winning authors Sonya Hartnett and Joan London.

The shortlist will be released on Monday May 18 and the winner will be announced on June 23.

 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist, 2015.

 Golden Boys  
by Sonya Hartnett

 In Certain Circles 
by Elizabeth Harrower


The Golden Age
by Joan London
        The Eye of the Sheep 
by Sofie Laguna


The Lost Child
by  Suzanne McCourt

     Here Come the Dogs
by Omar Musa


When the night comes
 by Favel Parrett
After darkness 
by Christine Piper

 Tree Palaceby Craig Sherborne
by Inga Simpson

Earth Hour 2015: Make it a reading hour!

This Saturday 28 March, 8.30pm marks Earth Hour, when everyone is encouraged to switch of the lights for an hour as a symbol of your commitment to the planet.
Why not spend the hour reading by candlelight! It's the perfect time to borrow something from the Library you can read in an hour- a short story!
Hover over the book covers below to find out more more about each book.

The scent of almonds and other stories
by Camilla Lackberg

by Phil Klay

The boy who could see death 
by Sally Vickers
Stone Mattress
by Margaret Atwood

Trigger Warning
by Neil Gaiman

   Dancing in the Dark
           by Karl Ove Knausgaard




Eco reads for Earth Hour 2015

The year of the flood by Margaret Atwood
Although this is the second book in the MaddAdam trilogy, each one is a standalone read. This is really a companion read to the first book, Oryx and Crake. It is told from the viewpoint God's gardeners, a religious group who are devoted to preserving all plant and animal life.  They are surviving in a bioengineered future world, predicting the the long feared waterless flood will decimate the Earth.  Described as a dystopic masterpiece, this is an epic read.

Flight behaviour by Barbara Kingsolver
Taking on climate change in her seventh novel, this is the story of global warming set in fictional Fetherston Tennessee. The battle to save a flaming forest of Monarch butterflies is interwoven with the coming of age story of Dellarobia Turnbow

Seveneves by Neal Stephenson
A thought provoking sci fi novel telling the story of a catastrophic event rendering the Earth, asking what would happen if the world was ending. The moon mysteriously explodes, giving Earth about two years to ensure the survival of the human race in outer space. An epic read, this novel spans five thousand years, a narrative about an all too possible the future of  Earth. This one is so new, Library copies are on order. Place your request now!

The last Pulse by Anson Cameron
A novel set on the drought stricken town of Bartel in South Australia. Showcasing the current issues of water and farming, Australian politics and climate change, this is an amusing and irreverent story where the underdog wins the battle.

Drought by Graham Masterton
A Californian environmental disaster thriller. What would happen if the water ran out? It hasn't rained for months and the taps run dry at the height of summer. It wasn't an accident...  This is a page turner you will find hard to put down.

Black Horizon by James Grippando
Miami criminal defense attorney Jack Swytek is back in the eleventh book of this series. A legal thriller, this story is focusing on a contemporary environmental  issue, a devastating oil spill in Cuban waters, which is threatening the United States. Was it an accident, or not ?

A fear of dark Water by Craig Russell
The sixth book in the Jan Fabel series, this police procedural starts with a focus on environmental politics,  cyber crime and cultism. The book starts with an environmental summit about to begin when a massive storm hits the city. When the flood waters recede, a  headless torso is discovered washed up...

Rock Bottom by Erin Brockovich with CJ Lyons
This is the debut thriller by Erin Brockovich, well known advocate of environmental issues. Writing about what she knows, her story showcases the environmental issue of mountain top removal mining. If you enjoy this, read more about her main character, environmental activist A J Palladino in her second book,  Hot Water.

Solar by Ian McEwan
A story of global warming. The main character, Nobel Laureate in Physics Michael Beard, is a completely unlikeable character, who is ambitious, greedy and deluded. on his fifth marriage, he has built up a reputation as a champion of solar energy, based on research he has passed off as his own. Then his past begins to catch up with him. Despite being very well written, this book received mixed reviews. Read it and decide for yourself what you think. 

The hammer of Eden by Ken Follet
Time is running out for California.
An extreme group of eco terrorists are threatening to set off an earthquake of epic proportions unless their demands are met.  They have the know how and means to do it. FBI agent Judy Maddox is the only one who can stop them. The villian of the piece, Priest is not above murder or mayhem to achieve what he wants.
 Full of twists and turns, this suspenseful thriller is worth a read. Hard to put down. 

Readalikes...Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

If you liked...

Girl on the train by Paula Hawkins is the literary sensation of 2015. It seems everyone is reading and talking about this debut psychological thriller... 

Rachel is a washed-up thirty-something who creates a fantasy about the seemingly perfect couple she sees during her daily train ride into London. When the woman goes missing, Rachel manages to insert herself into the investigation of the woman’s disappearance. In the vein of Gone Girl, this dark psychological thriller is fast-paced and features some very unreliable narrators.

Why not try...

The kind worth killing by Peter Swanson

Don't try to find me by Holly Brown

Unbecoming: a novel by Rebecca Scherm

The good girl by Mary Kubica

What Alice forgot by Liane Moriarty

Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberley McCreight

Looking for more books like this? Find them on the Library catalogue.

We love reading...staff picks March, 2015.

Empire of the Summer Moon by S.C. Gwynne
This is the true story of one of the most famous Indian chiefs in the history of the American West, Quanah Parker. But it is also the story of the rise and fall of the Comanche, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history, and the final settlement of the American West by Europeans under the United States Government. This book details the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker, kidnapped by Comanche, who became a Comanche, married to a warrior-chief, and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanche tribe. Although readers may be more familiar with tribes like the Apache and Sioux, and the names of chiefs such as Geronimo, Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse, it was in fact the legendary fighting ability of the Comanche that determined just how and when the American West opened up. Taught to ride before they could walk, Comanche warriors were considered the greatest light horsemen who ever rode. And they proved it for 150 years against all comers in defence of their home. This is a very readable book, which has a great deal of thorough research behind it. A must read for those interested in the history of the American West.

~Reviewed by Glenn

Dark Emu: black seeds: agriculture or accident by Bruce Pascoe
This very readable slim book is an eye opener! It takes the reader on a whirlwind tour through the written observations of the early European explorers of Australia. By viewing what was written at the time (first impressions) and taking those observations at face value (not filtered by the official myth of Terra Nullis), an alternate view of pre invasion, indigenous culture is presented.
Taking an anthropological stance, the evidence is used to demonstrate cultural practices, which had all the elements required to judge Australia’s indigenous peoples as sedentary and farmers; sewing, agriculture, storage, architecture etc. This book requires one to think that the popularist hunter/gatherer categorisation needs to be overturned.

~Reviewed by Jacinta

The Other by David Guterson
The Other follows two friends, Neil Countryman and John William Barry, as they grow from teenagers into young men in 1970s Seattle. The interest here lies in the differences between the two men; Neil leads an average life, landing a solid job after college and marrying. John William, however, starts questioning the materialistic and wasteful society he was born to and becomes an eccentric recluse. Though their lives are far from parallel, the friendship between the two men bind them together until the tragic end. This book makes you toy with  the idea of being the 'other,' someone who rejects modern day ideals and embraces a simpler, less harmful way of life.

~ Reviewed by Kat

A fig at the Gate by Kate Llewellyn.
It is a lovely gentle read - a diary of gardening, family, friends and ageing.  The author obviously loves gardens and had established gardens at her homes is the Blue Mountains and Wollongong so when she moved to Adelaide she set about planting a garden with fruit trees.  She also learnt to care for chickens and ducks. The book lets you see the beauty of the seasons and the value of good friends, food and life generally.
Lovely change from Nordic crime!
~Reviewed by Angela

Afternoons in Ithaka by Spiradoula Tsintziras
Fantastic book! The Author is a Greek Australian woman who writes about her life, trips to visit her extended family in Greece, her Mother and how she was like the Greek community's therapist, her Father's passion for growing tomatoes, travelling with her friends, meeting the love of her life and building a pizza oven in her backyard. So easy to read and at the end of each chapter is a delicious recipe! Best book I've read in a while.

Parking at Miranda Library has never been easier.

Have you been to Miranda Library?

Miranda Library is one of the hidden gems of the Sutherland Shire Libraries network. It is a lovely quiet space with lots of natural light, a leafy outlook, friendly and helpful staff, many wonderful books and resources and a spacious and serene study area.

Now that the recent stage of Westfield is complete, parking for the library has never been easier, and you get 3 hours for free! (Longer stays incur fees payable to Westfield at the pay machines located inside Westfield.)

Bring your kids to our weekly Rhymetime or Storytime sessions (during school terms) or if knitting is more your style, drop-in to our drop-in knitting group which meets at 10am on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month.

We are located between the Westfield carpark and Miranda Public School on Wandella Road and you access us via the Westfield car park.

*If your GPS directs you towards Coles/Seymour Shaw Park on Wandella Road, ignore it and turn around, you are heading the wrong way.

To get to Miranda Library by Car

From President Avenue:

Turn up Wandella Road, at top of hill, enter Westfield carpark and park on ground floor.
In the car park, walk north (towards Kingsway) and out through exits near the carpark stairs.
The library is the building next to the M.O.O.S.H day care centre.

From the Kingsway:

Turn up Wandella Road, towards Westfield, continue past Westfield and down the hill to the roundabout.
At the roundabout, turn around 360 degrees and head back up the hill, at top of hill, enter Westfield car park and park on ground floor.
In the carpark, walk north (towards Kingsway) and out through exits near the carpark stairs.
The library is the building next to the M.O.O.S.H day care centre.

To get to Miranda Library on Foot

From within Westfield:

Exit Westfield through either Myer or Rebel Sport exits to Purple level 4 parking.
Follow marked pathway across footbridge that crosses Wandella Road and down the first set of stairs on your right.
As you exit the carpark building the library is the first building on your left.

Stella Prize Shortlist 2015

Congratulations to the six novelists who have been shortlisted for the Stella Prize, 2015. The 2015 Stella Prize will be awarded in Melbourne on the evening of Tuesday 21 April. Who do you think should win? 

The Strays by Emily Bitto
In The Strays, Evan Trentham is the wild child of the Melbourne art world of the 1930s. He and his captivating wife, Helena, attempt to carve out their own small niche, to escape the stifling conservatism they see around them, by gathering together other like-minded artists. They create a utopian circle within their family home, offering these young artists a place to live and work, and the mixed benefits of being associated with the infamous Evan. At the periphery of this circle is Lily Struthers, the best friend of Evan and Helena's daughter Eva. Lily is infatuated by the world she bears witness to, and longs to be part of this enthralling makeshift family. As Lily observes years later, looking back on events that she still carries painfully within her, the story of this groundbreaking circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham's art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Kenneally
We are doomed to repeat history if we fail to learn from it, but how are we affected by the forces that are invisible to us? In The Invisible History of the Human Race Christine Kenneally draws on cutting-edge research to reveal how both historical artifacts and DNA tell us where we come from and where we may be going. While some books explore our genetic inheritance and popular television shows celebrate ancestry, this is the first book to explore how everything from DNA to emotions to names and the stories that form our lives are all part of our human legacy. Kenneally shows how trust is inherited in Africa, silence is passed down in Tasmania, and how the history of nations is written in our DNA. From fateful, ancient encounters to modern mass migrations and medical diagnoses, Kenneally explains how the forces that shaped the history of the world ultimately shape each human who inhabits it.The word 'brilliant' gets thrown around a lot, but it should be saved for Christine Kenneally and her book The Invisible History of the Human Race.

The Eye of the Sheep by Sofie Laguna
'Ned was beside me, his messages running easily through him, with space between each one, coming through him like water. He was the go-between, going between the animal kingdom and this one. I watched the waves as they rolled and crashed towards us, one after another, never stopping, always changing. I knew what was making them come, I had been there and I would always know.' Meet Jimmy Flick. He's not like other kids - he's both too fast and too slow. He sees too much, and too little. Jimmy's mother Paula is the only one who can manage him. She teaches him how to count sheep so that he can fall asleep. She holds him tight enough to stop his cells spinning. It is only Paula who can keep Jimmy out of his father's way. But when Jimmy's world falls apart, he has to navigate the unfathomable world on his own, and make things right.

The Golden Age by Joan London
This is a story of resilience, the irrepressible, enduring nature of love, and the fragility of life. From one of Australia's most loved novelists. He felt like a pirate landing on an island of little maimed animals. A great wave had swept them up and dumped them here. All of them, like him, stranded, wanting to go home. Perth, 1954.

Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven
Winner of the 2013 David Unaipon Award. In this award-winning work of fiction, Ellen van Neerven takes her readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. Over three parts, she takes traditional storytelling and gives it a unique, contemporary twist. In 'Heat', we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In 'Water', van Neerven offers a futuristic imagining of a people whose existence is under threat. While in 'Light', familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging. Heat and Light presents a surprising and unexpected narrative journey while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing.

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba-Clarke
The book is called Foreign Soil. Inside its covers, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney's notorious Villawood detention centre, a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike, an enraged black militant is on the warpath through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton, a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance, a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny, and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way.

Stella Prize Longlist 2015: 

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey 
This House of Grief by Helen Garner 
Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett
Nest by Inga Simpson
In My Mother’s Hands by Biff Ward
Laurinda by Alice Pung
Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba-Clarke
Heat and Light by Ellen Van Neerven
The Golden Age by Joan London
The Eye of the Sheep by Sophie Laguna
The Strays by Emily Bitto
The Invisible History of the Human Race by Christine Keneally

Ten new books to read in March

Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman
Trigger Warning explores the masks we all wear and the people we are beneath them to reveal our vulnerabilities and our truest selves. Here is a rich cornucopia of horror and ghosts stories, science fiction and fairy tales, fabulism and poetry that explore the realm of experience and emotion. In Adventure Story—a thematic companion to The Ocean at the End of the Lane—Gaiman ponders death and the way people take their stories with them when they die. His social media experience A Calendar of Tales are short takes inspired by replies to fan tweets about the months of the year—stories of pirates and the March winds, an igloo made of books, and a Mother’s Day card that portends disturbances in the universe. Gaiman offers his own ingenious spin on Sherlock Holmes in his award-nominated mystery tale The Case of Death and Honey. And Click-Clack the Rattlebag explains the creaks and clatter we hear when we’re all alone in the darkness.

A time for friends by Patricia Scanlan
When are the boundaries of friendship pushed too far, and when is it time to stop flying over oceans for someone who wouldn't jump over a puddle for you? There comes a time when Hilary Hammond has to make that call.
Hilary and Colette O'Mahony have been friends since childhood, but when irrepressible Jonathan Harpur breezes into Hilary's life and goes into business with her, Colette is not best pleased.
After their first encounter Colette thinks he's a 'pushy upstart' while he thinks she's 'a snobby little diva'. And so the battle lines are drawn and Hilary is bang in the middle.
But as the years roll by and each of them is faced with difficult times and tough
decisions, one thing is clear … to have a friend you must be a friend.
And that's when Hilary discovers that sometimes your best friend can be your greatest enemy …

Second Life by S.J Watson
How well can you really know another person? And how far would you go to find out the truth about them?
When Julia learns that her sister has been violently killed, she knows she must get to the bottom of things. Even if it means jeopardising her relationship with her husband and risking the safety of her son. Getting involved with a stranger online. Losing control.
Perhaps losing everything.
Set in Paris and London, Second Life is about the double lives people lead—and the dark places they can end up in. Tense and unrelenting, it is another brilliant novel from S. J. Watson.

Bad Behaviour by Rebecca Starford
It was supposed to be a place where teenagers would learn resilience, confidence and independence, where long hikes and runs in the bush would make their bodies strong and foster a connection with the natural world. Living in bare wooden huts, cut off from the outside world, the students would experience a very different kind of schooling, one intended to have a strong influence over the kind of adults they would eventually become.
Fourteen-year-old Rebecca Starford spent a year at this school in the bush. In her boarding house sixteen girls were left largely unsupervised, a combination of the worst behaved students and some of the most socially vulnerable. As everyone tried to fit in and cope with their feelings of isolation and homesickness, Rebecca found herself joining ranks with the powerful girls, becoming both a participant--and later a victim-- of various forms of bullying and aggression.

The secret life of Luke Livingstone by Charity Norman
Luke Livingstone is a lucky man. He's a father and grandfather, a respected solicitor, a pillar of the community. He has a loving wife in Eilish, children who adore him and an idyllic home in the Oxfordshire countryside.
But Luke is struggling with an unbearable secret, one that is close to destroying him. All his life, Luke has hidden the truth about himself - a truth so fundamental that it will shatter his family, rock his community and leave him an outcast.
Luke has nowhere left to run. He must either end his life, or become the woman he knows himself to be - whatever the cost. His family is tested to its limits, as each of them is forced to consider what makes a person essentially themselves. What do you do when you find that your husband - your father, your son - is not who you thought? Can you ever love him again?

Claiming Noah by Amanda Ortlepp
A taut, emotional thriller about biology, ownership and love.
Catriona and James are desperate for children, and embark on an IVF program. After a gruelling round of treatments, Catriona finally falls pregnant, and they donate their remaining embryo anonymously.
Diana and Liam are on a waiting list to receive an embryo. Sooner than expected, they are thrilled to discover one is available.
After a difficult pregnancy, Catriona gives birth to Sebastian. But severe postnatal depression affects her badly, and quickly turns into deadly psychosis. For her protection and her baby’s, she’s admitted into psychiatric care. When she comes home, she again struggles to bond with her baby, but gradually life finds its own rhythm.

Skin by Ilka Tampke
 Southwest Britain, AD 43.
For the people of Caer Cad, ‘skin’ is their totem, their greeting, their ancestors, their land. Ailia does not have skin. Abandoned at birth, she serves the Tribequeen of her township. Ailia is not permitted to marry, excluded from tribal ceremonies and, most devastatingly, forbidden to learn. But the Mothers, the tribal ancestors, have chosen her for another path.
Lured by the beautiful and enigmatic Taliesin, Ailia embarks on an unsanctioned journey to attain the knowledge that will protect her people from the most terrifying invaders they have ever faced.
Set in Iron-Age Britain on the cusp of Roman invasion, Skin is a thrilling, full-blooded, mesmerising novel about the collision of two worlds, and a young woman torn between two men.

She's having her baby by Lauren Sams
Georgie Henderson doesn't want to have kids, but her best friend, Nina Doherty, has wanted to have a baby for as long as she can remember. Sadly, Nina's uterus refuses to cooperate. One drunken evening, Nina asks Georgie for the ultimate favour: would she carry a baby for her? Georgie says yes - and spends the next nine months wondering why!
With intense bacon-and-egg roll cravings and distant memories of what her feet look like, she tries to keep it all together in her dream job as the editor of Jolie magazine.  Her love life's a mess - and sauvignon blanc's off the menu - leaving Georgie to deal with twists in her life she never expected.

Touch by Claire North
He tried to take my life. Instead, I took his.
It was a long time ago. I remember it was dark, and I didn't see my killer until it was too late. As I died, my hand touched his. That's when the first switch took place.
Suddenly, I was looking through the eyes of my killer, and I was watching myself die.
Now switching is easy. I can jump from body to body, have any life, be anyone.
Some people touch lives. Others take them. I do both.

Wolf winter by Cecilia Ekback
A Nordic Noir thriller.
A day's journey away lies the empty town. It comes to life just once, in winter, when the Church summons her people through the snows. Then, even the oldest enemies will gather.
But now it is summer, and new settlers are come.
It is their two young daughters who find the dead man, not half an hour's walk from their cottage.
The father is away. And whether stubborn, or stupid, or scared for her girls, the mother will not let it rest.
To the wife who is not concerned when her husband does not come home for three days; to the man who laughs when he hears his brother is dead; to the priest who doesn't care; she asks and asks her questions,
digging at the secrets of the mountain.
They say a wolf made those wounds. But what wild animal cuts a body so clean?

Zinio Digital Magazine of the Month - Marie Claire

Marie Claire is today's magazine for the fashion minded woman. It reflects all areas of the reader's life, providing the time-pressed woman with a mix of information.

March’s edition of Marie Claire is all about getting prepared for ‘cool sexy spring.’ So get ready to read about the latest fashion trends for spring, including the Major Trends Report: florals, boho and the 70s are back big time! Plus with the spring weather fast approaching, Marie Claire has the best advice for looking after your hair. Also, catch up with Margot Robbie – the next big thing in Hollywood, who starred opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street.

Library members can download the magazine FREE from Zinio.

Access to the State Library of NSW eresources available to Sutherland Library members

The State Library of NSW has partnered with public libraries across NSW to give public library members 24/7 access to a wide range of online resources that will compliment those already held by their local libraries, including full text perpetual historical monograph and newspaper collections, business information, international newspapers and much more. 

To get access to these additional resources Sutherland Library members need to go to the eresources web page to register with the State Library using your membership card. Following registration, library members only need to enter their membership number at the beginning of subsequent sessions.

The art of Albert Franks and Gerald Hawkins

Sutherland Library is pleased to have an exhibition of some of the works of two artists who attend classes at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery and Art Centre.

Albert Franks discovered his passion for art after immigrating to Australia in 1970. Albert is a retired electrical engineer but his love of art was fostered in his youth by his father who was an amateur painter and Albert's first art tutor. Albert has completed art classes at Port Hacking High School, Julian Ashton School of Art and Hazelhurst Gallery. Albert still enjoys attending art classes at Hazelhurst with talented like minded people from all walks of life. The painting on the right called 'Night Watchman' is not currently on display due to space constraints but will be swapped in April with another of Albert's works on display. In the meantime come and see a selection of this talented artist's works.

Gerald Hawkins achieved a General Certificate of Art in the UK in 1961. During the winding down of his career as a Building Economist in 2009, Gerald attended art courses at Bankstown Community Centre and Hazelhurst Gallery. Gerald works mainly in oils but occasionally uses water colours and pastels. His paintings can be found in private collections in the UK, Belgium, Samoa and Australia. The painting on the right is called 'Samoan Coast, Post Tsunami'. This painting and other works by these two talented artists can be seen in the lounge area of Sutherland Library during March and April.

Create your own Film Festival anytime

Australasian video online and Theatre in video from Alexander Street are Sutherland Shire Library's newest databases for members to use from home!

Start watching now, all you need is your library card and pin numbers

Enjoy 500 hours of the best films from Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific Islands. Included are indigenous and non-indigenous films, course materials and transcripts. Short films, documentaries as well as, reality & popular TV.

Choose from 350 documentaries, performances and animations from the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia, plus more from SBS Television, George Andrews Productions, Beamafilms, and Electric Pictures.

Documentaries like Australia's own - Air Australia (2002) The 1930s bring growing maturity to aviation as the first international airlines burst onto the scene conquering distance and introducing luxury flying. The bombing of Darwin brings war directly to Australia. The war will change everything!
 Performance works like The Magic Arts, 1978 which is a visual onslaught of artistic ideas, showing how art relates to and intertwines with our daily lives....and how we've matured!

Animations like Jeanne Baker's 'Where the Forest meets the Sea' using relief collage animation a beautiful short film has been created depicting the wilderness area between the Daintree River and Bloomfield in North Queensland, as seen through the eyes of a child.

Watch more than 250 of the world’s most important plays, together with more than 100 video documentaries, online in streaming video—more than 500 hours.
These definitive performances, by leading actors and directors, include some of the most important productions of Shakespeare to rare, in-depth footage focusing on the work of Samuel Beckett, along with live television broadcasts of New York productions in the 50s, contemporary revivals of classic works and experimental performances from the 60s and 70s, and more. Theatre in video covers a wide range of 20th century theatre history.

Performances like this 1990 production of Hamlet directed and played by Kevin Kline. Follow along with the transcript, or use the clip bookmarks to skip to your favourite soliloquy.. 'Alas poor Yorick'

Documentaries like Puppetry: worlds of imagination from 2001, which surveys the revolutionary new developments in American puppet theatre, profiling many of puppetry’s most imaginative contemporary artists, including Basil Twist.

 Plays done for television were once a popular way of bringing classics to the wider community. It also allowed actors to cut their 'on screen' teeth. See where your favourite actors started out, like Susan Sarandon in this 1974 version of George F Kaufman's June Moon.
Happy viewing!