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Biography

Alex Buzo (1944–2006) was born in Sydney and educated at the University of NSW. In the late 1960s his early plays Norm and Ahmed, Rooted and The Front Room Boys pioneered a revival of Australian theatre. Macquarie and other historical plays such as Big River and Pacific Union have helped to popularise the themes of individual and national maturity. Buzo's books Tautology, The Longest Game, The Young Person's Guide to the Theatre and A Dictionary of the Almost Obvious confirm his reputation as an important recorder of modern idiom.

Coralie Lansdowne Says No
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Coralie Lansdowne Says No

Alex Buzo

A woman's struggle for her sense of self in a play that reflects as much on the enduring need for commonplace emotional security and comfort as on the need for social progress.

Published in Plays of the 70s Volume 2

4M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-552-0 | PB
Front Room Boys, The
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Front Room Boys, The

Alex Buzo

An early play of Alex Buzo which dramatises the predicament of office workers as it displays the author's preoccupation with language. One of his aims, he tells us in his playwright's note, 'was to recreate the rhythms of actual speech as well as to record and preserve the vivid expressions which you could hear everywhere except in the media or on the stage.'

Published in Plays of the 60s Volume 3

7M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-562-9 | PB
Macquarie
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Macquarie

Alex Buzo
Macquarie traces the decline of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s authority in the infant colony of New South Wales between the years 1810 and 1822, and draws parallels with the fate of a liberal conscience in modern Australian politics.
7M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-356-4 | PB
Makassar Reef
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Makassar Reef

Alex Buzo

East meets west in this subtle romantic comedy when a handful of tourists and adventurers converge on the ruins of an old Indonesian port. Buzo moves away from satire to examine at a deeper level the ennui and alienation behind the laughter.

Includes an authoritative introduction by Frank Palmos, an Indonesian correspondent and interpreter for the president during the Sukarno era.

5M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-021-1 | PB
Norm and Ahmed
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Norm and Ahmed

Alex Buzo

A rather ocker, white Australian male encounters a well-mannered Pakistani student with revolutionary ambitions in a Sydney park at midnight. Buzo creates an image of race prejudice as a profoundly irrational force in the behaviour of ordinary Australians.

This is a famous and culturally important work.
Stephen Dunne, SMH, 16 October 2007

Click here for teachers' notes for Norm and Ahmed.

 Published in Plays of the 60s Volume 2

 
2M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-550-6 | PB
Pacific Union
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Pacific Union

Alex Buzo
The forging of the United Nations Charter in San Francisco, and the impact of one Australian whose influence helped to change the face of history.
5M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-437-0 | PB