Over the years Frank has amassed a vast collection of Australian theatre memorabilia. He was director of the Victorian Arts Centre Performing Arts Museum from 1984 until 1993. For 15 years Frank researched and presented ABC Radio's popular Nostalgia feature over Melbourne's 774. He contributes historical articles to many theatre programs and journals. His books include National Treasure: The Story of Gertrude Johnson and the National Theatre (1994), The Regent Theatre: Melbourne's Palace of Dreams(1996), Tivoli (2003), Huge Deal: The Fortunes and Follies of Hugh D. McIntosh (2004), Florence Young and the Golden Years of Australian Musical Theatre(2009), Her Majesty's Pleasure (Her Majesty's, Adelaide. 2013), Her Majesty’s Theatre, Melbourne: The Shows, The Stars, The Stories (Australian Scholarly Publishing, Kew, 2018), and Hanky-Panky: The Theatrical Escapades of Ernest C. Rolls (2020).
George Sorlie (1885-1948) – ‘The J.C. Williamson of the road’
Frank Van Straten salutes a great travelling showman.
A link to the Clink
Bendigo’s new theatre – ‘a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity’.
A heritage prison will have a new life, reports Frank Van Straten.
Exactly as our friend Gus, the theatre cat, predicted in On Stage back in Autumn last year, the old Bendigo Prison is to be transformed into a handsome new performing arts centre.