Scholar Talk: Making Theatre that Matters

Scholar Talk: Making Theatre that Matters

Scholar Talks

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering, the 2019 David Mitchell Memorial Fellow, discusses the background of Children’s Rights Activism in the 1970s and 1980s, and how the Pipi Storm Theatre Company’s performances helped promote children’s rights. 

Pipi Storm Theatre Company collection at State Library of NSW, MLMSS 8469
1 / 1 event in this Scholar Talks series
4 May 2021 11am to 12pm


Online zoom audience: Free


Online (Zoom)
Sydney NSW 2000


In 1975, a group of Sydney-based performers formed Pipi Storm Circus (later Pipi Storm Theatre Company) with a mission of making theatre more accessible to children and young people in New South Wales. The group went on to perform in hundreds of schools, welfare institutions and community venues across the state and beyond. This talk will explore how Pipi Storm’s innovative productions helped raise awareness of social inequality and promote children’s rights. 

Dr Isobelle Barrett Meyering 

Isobelle Barrett Meyering is a Macquarie University Research Fellow, based in the Department of History and Archaeology. She is currently working on a history of children’s rights in Australia. Her book, Feminism and the Making of a Child Rights Revolution (Melbourne University Publishing), will be released later this year. 


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