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Passings

13 Nov

Last August I noted the passing of playwright Alex Buzo, also, incidentally, the occasion of Jim Belshaw first coming to this blog. Jim knew far more about Alex Buzo than I did, as you will see here.

Tomorrow night ABC-TV has Remembering Alex Buzo:

In a special tribute hosted by Virginia Trioli, ABC TV will remember the life and work of one of Australia’s greatest playwrights, Alex Buzo.

The Sydney-based playwright and author died in August 2006 after a long fight with cancer…

Interviewees include: The late Alex Buzo; Actor and director Graeme Blundell; Actor and friend Sandy Gore; Author and friend Bob Ellis; Theatre director Wayne Harrison.

I was saddened to hear by email from my former Sydney Uni colleague Ken Watson that Allen Whitehurst, Head of English at SBHS when I first taught English there from 1985-1987, recently died. I had not seen him for some considerable time. He was a good man. I mentioned him in this post just a month ago. There’s an odd connection between these two items too, as the preview of the Alex Buzo program in today’s Sydney Morning Herald is by Sacha Molitorisz (that’s his blog), a member of the Year 11 English class I taught in the latter part of 1985.

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2 responses to “Passings

  1. Jim Belshaw

    November 14, 2006 at 6:51 am

    Thank you for this, Neil. I shall watch with interest.

     
  2. ninglun

    November 14, 2006 at 11:25 am

    A spam commenter broke in briefly just now from Telford Pennsylvania in the USA with the following message — twice: “U SUCK”. The relevance to this post is obscure, but it may relate to one or two other things here recently. Was it a cry from the American Right’s heartland, or just a bored 14-year-old? Whatever, they have been Akismeted.

     
 
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