Jack Hibberd is an Australian playwright and doctor. His career spans twenty years, beginning with the revival of indigenous Australian theatre in the late 1960's. His work is characterised by great comic invention and an on-going interest in exploring the form of theatre. This is evident in early plays like White With Wire Wheels (1967) and Dimboola (1969), his wedding play which is the most-produced Australian play ever and which has also received a number of overseas productions. A Stretch of the Imagination (1972) and A Toast to MeIba (1974) are also highly original, as is his adaptation of Gogol's The Overcoat(1978). For Hibberd, the theatre itself is a metaphor for life - best expressed in his monodramas, Mothballs (1981) and Lavender Bags (1983). Paul McGillick is theatre critic for The Australian Financial Review and a contributor to New Theatre Australia. He is also a playwright who has written plays and features for radio in particular. He has written extensively on the work of Jack Hibberd.
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