Group devised performance in Melbourne had a significantly different origin from that of Sydney. In his two-part article on improvisation and group devised performance, director Steven Gration acknowledges the strong influences of training at Melbourne State College (Rusden was also a highly influential course for theatre makers), and the theatrical tradition of the Australian Performing Group (APG) and the Mill Community Theatre in Geelong. Gration went on to work in the NT, SA and Queensland, directing influential productions in the 1990s such as Funerals and Circuses and Chutney (Magpie Theatre, SA) and Lovepuke (Queensland Theatre Company.
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