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.
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.