Let the Sunshine in: Material from the Original Production of Hair in Australia

Vest and shirt worn by Creenagh St Clare in Hair,  Sydney and Melbourne, 1969–71  Gift of Creenagh Dalton, 2015 Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection
Vest and shirt worn by Creenagh St Clare in Hair,
Sydney and Melbourne, 1969–71
Gift of Creenagh Dalton, 2015
Arts Centre Melbourne, Performing Arts Collection

Australian audiences were first introduced to the American musical Hair at the Metro Theatre, Sydney in June 1969. Billed as ‘The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical’ the production was ground-breaking in its modern performance style, as well as its themes of race, drugs, sexual freedom and anti-Vietnam War protest.

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Staged here during Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, Hair reflected the atmosphere of questioning and rebellion felt by many of the younger generation.

After playing for almost two years in Sydney, the musical transferred to Melbourne’s Metro Theatre in 1971 and then toured other Australian capital cities from 1972 to 1973.

Now on display on level 5 in Hamer Hall.

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Performing Arts Collection

Arts Centre Melbourne's Performing Arts Collection is the national leader among specialist performing arts collections in Australia. Established in 1975, it is formally recognised as a State collection and encompasses the history of circus, dance, music, opera and theatre. The Collection features over 640,000 items including costumes, designs, photographs, set models, puppets, props, posters, programs and archives.

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