Postcards from the Edge of Collapse

Presented by: A/Prof Stephen Carleton and Dr Chris Hay

Date: Friday 30 October 2020
Time: 12–1pm
Location: Online via Zoom 


In this presentation, we examine the postcard as pandemic performance, by considering how Playwriting Australia’s Dear Australia online performance project responded to both organizational collapse and global stasis. Combining a reading of the postcard’s functions and the critical responses to Dear Australia, we suggest while the postcard is a practical medium for performance in response to global lockdowns and physical distancing protocols, it compromises the ability of playwriting to intervene in the situations that it depicts and imagine how things might be different.


Associate Professor Stephen Carleton is the Director of the Centre for Critical and Creative Writing at the University of Queensland, and teaches into the Drama major in the School of Communication and Arts. He is a playwright and theatre scholar, with particular research interests in Australian theatre, Gothic drama, cultural landscapes and playwriting.



Dr Chris Hay is a Lecturer in Drama and ARC DECRA Fellow in the School of Communication and Arts at the University of Queensland. He is an Australian theatre and cultural historian, whose research examines the history of arts subsidy in Australia, and the impact of state funding on the nation’s live performance culture.



About Research Seminar and Workshop Series


School of Communication and Arts Research Seminar Series

The research seminar and workshop series occur each semester, each with a different topic and guest speaker from UQ or otherwise.

Friday, 11 March

Online via Zoom

Research Seminar - Tuning In with the Stethoscope in the Nineteenth CenturyDr Melissa Dickson (University of Birmingham)

Friday, 25 March


Early Adventures in Australian Actor Training

Dr Chris Hay

Friday, 8 April

Online via Zoom

Invention and reinvention in the landscape symbolism of Joachim PatinirMichael Levy

Friday, 29 April

Online via Zoom

Negotiating balance of cultures among Chinese Australians to facilitate ageing well

A/Prof Shuang Liu

Friday, 13 May


Redefining crisis in museums: insider’s perspectives on digital engagement

Dr Caroline Wilson-Barnao, Craig Middleton (National Museum of Australia), and Lisa Enright

Friday, 3 June

Hybrid: Online via Zoom and in person at the
SCA Writer's Studio
(Level 6, Michie)

A journey through the Australian environmental movement ecosystem

Dr Robyn Gulliver

Friday, 10 June

Online via Zoom

TBADr Alex Bevan