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Lynne Murphy interviewed by James Waites [sound recording]
Bib ID 4197033
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Murphy, Lynne, 1923-, Interviewee
Access Conditions Access open for research. Written permission is required for personal copies and public use for 10 years from the date of the interview. 
Description 2007 
4 sound files (ca. 365 min.) 

Lynne Murphy talks about: her career and passion for the theatre; relationship with the audience; filmmakers including Schlondorff; aspects of acting; the metaphysical bond; vaudeville; Barry Humphries; Reg Livermore; directors and writers including Benedict Andrews, Neil Armfield, Jim Sharman and Barrie Kosky; cast of Endgame; Sydney Theatre Company Wharf 2; theatre set-designer and director Ralph Myers; NIDA ; actors including Cate Blanchett, Judy Davis and Melissa Jaffer; what shapes an actor’s work; her childhood and schooling; her parents, grandparents and children; first performance; speech lessons; love of Shakespeare; family’s engagement in cultural activities; Maurice Moscovich; J.C. Williamson; the Tait Brothers; actor-manager W.H. Hollinworth and daughter, director May Hollinworth; Minnie Love; first work in radio; radio performers including Rita Pauncefort, Lyndall Barbour and Lou Vernon; touring mining towns; the Criterion and the Pilgrim Theatre; Beryl Bryant; George Bryant; Bryant’s Playhouse (1930’s); bohemian Kings Cross precinct; Actors Experimental Guild; new generation of actors including Joel Edgerton and Kate Mulvany; Metropolitan Players (1943); Sydney University Dramatic Society (SUDS).

Murphy discusses the decline of live theatre (1935); Minerva Theatre (1939); Lux Radio Theatre; competition between radio stations; Melbourne Repertory Theatre; post WWII theatre; Doris Fitton and the Independent Theatre, Sydney; European migrants; Cremorne & Royal Theatre, Brisbane; Minerva Theatre; country tour (1949) with The Metropolitan troupe; marriage to Jules Feldman (1949); touring New Zealand; George Edwards; shooting The story of Peter Grey and the technologies involved; Alan Wilkie; Elizabethan Trust; Q Theatre; Stella Adler; Actors Co-op; Betty Roland and The touch of silk; NIDA graduates, John Hargreaves and Wendy Hughes; Old Tote Theatre; Eltham Monsalvat; Richard Wherrett; Nimrod Theatre Company; Robin Nevin; difference between working actors and stars; life when not acting; writing craft; Kabbarli, her acting highlight; Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS); Adelaide Festival; the best of an actor’s life.


Recorded on August 6 and August 20, 2007 at Pymble, N.S.W.

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Timed summary (14 p.) and corrected transcript (typescript, 211 leaves) 
Subjects Murphy, Lynne, 1923- -- Interviews.  |  Actors -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Theater -- Australia -- History.  |  Radio plays, Australian -- History.  |  Acting.
Occupation Actors.
Other authors/contributors Waites, James, 1955-2014, Interviewer


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