'The Ways We Live Now': David Williamson


  • Brian Kiernan


So   opined English-born Clive Barnes in January 1974, reviewing an Off-Broadway   production of David Williamson's The Removalists for the New York Times.   Barnes had already seen London's Royal Court production (in July-August 1973)   of this play which, first performed in Melbourne and Sydney 'alternative'   theatres two years before, had quickly won its young writer a national   reputation. By the time Barnes reviewed the play, that reputation was   becoming international, for at the end of 1973 Williamson had won the London   Evening Standard's George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright.