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Betty Burstall AO

1926 – 2013

Betty Burstall AO (1926-2013) played a vital role in the development of theatre in Australia. In 1967 she founded La Mama, a small theatre space in Carlton, Melbourne, after seeing the original La Mama and other off-Broadway theatres in New York. Local actors, writers, directors, poets and musicians were encouraged to use the space for innovative, small-scale productions. For over thirty years La Mama has provided an outlet for ground-breaking Australian theatre, fostering writers like David Williamson, Jack Hibberd and Tes Lyssiotis.

Updated 2018
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