Degree Name

Doctor of Creative Arts


School of Creative Arts


Volume One of this thesis comprises the script »td archival videotape of ati original theatre project, Hearts and Minds, written and direct«! by the author and produced by Theatre South at the Bridge Theatre, Wollongong, from 8th to 24th May 1992. The project, which dealt with relations between Anglo- and Vietnamese-Australians in the context of the continuing legacy of the Vietnam War, was a response to a perceived failure of mainstream theatre to address the reality of cultural diversity in Australia - especially with respect to cultures of Asian origin. Hearts and Minds aimed to repudiate racial stereotypes and promote intercultural exchange both thematically, in terms of its characters and story, and theatrically, by mixing traditional Vietnamese water puppetry with actor-based realism.