Editorial 17 July 2019

RealTime Extra. As we continue to refine and build on the RealTime archive, we thought you’d enjoy reading about the joyous launch at UNSW Library Exhibition Space by Professor Sarah Miller AM of the complete 1994-2015 print editions of RealTime on the National Library of Australia’s TROVE website. You can also read each of the excellent speeches by Sarah, UNSW Librarian Martin Borchert, Tony MacGregor, Chair of Open City, publisher of RealTime, and Jeremy Smith, representing the Australia Council for the Arts. It was a night of reflection, laughter and a few tears.

Adding substantially to the RealTime archive are contributions in this edition from long-time RealTime associates Caroline Wake and Erin Brannigan. Focusing on Sydney performance, art and refugees, and errant arts funding policies, Caroline looks back on the years she wrote extensively for RealTime. Erin, who commenced writing for us in 1997, bravely corrals RealTime’s enormous coverage of dance across Australia.

As well, we’re publishing two fascinating essays commissioned by RealTime towards the kind of book we need in this country. To be edited by RealTime contributors Jana Perkovic and Andrew Fuhrmann, the collection will focus on theatre and performance in Melbourne 2005-2015. Jana charts a diminishing preoccupation with ‘liveness’ across the period; Andrew personally grids the city according to his encounters with pivotal works at non-mainstream venues.

Although we’re working quietly and intermittently, we’d love to hear any queries or observations you might have about the RealTime archive. Special thanks to Sandy Edwards for the photographs of the launch. All the best, Keith & Virginia

Top image credit: Virginia Baxter, Keith Gallasch at RealTime Trove archive launch, photo Sandy Edwards

17 July 2019