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Chapel Perilous, The
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Chapel Perilous, The

Dorothy Hewett
 
The painful and sometimes farcical life of a defiant young poet, Sally Banner, as she attempts—through her school days, lovers, marriage and politics—to extract meaning from her environment. Music by Frank Arndt.

   

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Cast : 3M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-814-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Club, The
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Club, The

David Williamson
 

Williamson’s famous play about the uses and abuses of managerial power, which in 1976 foreshadowed the great changes that Australian football has since endured, proves even more prescient since the rise and fall of Super League. This is a play set behind the scenes, a head-on tackle of brawn versus bureaucracy.



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Cast : 6M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-013-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Don's Party
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Don's Party

David Williamson
 

It's election night 1969. Don and Kath, hope that there will be a change of government, and give a party to watch the results. As the tide turns against Labor, the good cheer palls and the faded ideals and disappointed hopes of the characters begin to show.

Williamson's brilliant satire examines a society on the threshold of emerging from a generation of comfortable, conservative political and social values.


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Cast : 6M, 5F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-530-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Floating World, The
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Floating World, The

OUT OF PRINT

John Romeril
 
Les Harding, onetime Japanese prisoner-of-war, takes a package cruise to Japan with his wife. As he draws near, long-repressed memories of suffering well up. A rich, ironic study of Australian xenophobia.

This edition of The Floating World is OUT OF PRINT. The play is available in Damage.

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Cast : 6M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-064-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Inner Voices / Albert Names Edward
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Inner Voices / Albert Names Edward

Louis Nowra
 
Inner Voices
The son of Catherine the Great, who has been locked away since childhood, is set upon the throne of Russia knowing only his name. Music by Sarah de Jong.
 
   Also available in Plays of the 70s Volume 3

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Albert Names Edward
A black comedy that demonstrates Nowra's early preoccupation with isolation and the exercise of power through imagination. An amnesiac takes shelter with an urban hermit.

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Cast : Inner Voices - 10M, 3F / Albert Names Edward - 2M
Performance Rights : HLA Management Pty Ltd - hla@hlamgt.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-078-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Jack Hibberd: Selected Plays
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Jack Hibberd: Selected Plays

White with Wire Wheels / Dimboola / A Stretch of the Imagination

Jack Hibberd
 
Three early plays from Jack Hibberd which continue to be performed, studied and read for pleasure. 

White with Wire Wheels (1967)
Hibberd satirises the culture of masculinity expressed in cars, booze and work, a world in which women are marginalised and ultimately disposable. This provocative and unconventional comedy throws a spotlight on a society that can tolerate the intolerable.

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Dimboola (1969)
Playfully vulgar, bawdy and boisterous,  Dimboola plays out the wedding reception from hell, with the audience actively playing the roles of the guests. A celebration as much as a satire, the play joyously takes a familiar ritual and turns it uproariously on its head.

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A Stretch of the Imagination (1971)
Monk O’Neill, the lonely misanthropist has become an archetype of the Australian character since he first appeared on our stages in 1971.

Also published in   Plays of the 70s Volume 1

     

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Cast : White with Wire Wheels - 3M, 4F (doubling required) / Dimboola - 9M, 7F / A Stretch of the Imagination - 1M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-632-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Macquarie
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Macquarie

Alex Buzo
 
Macquarie traces the decline of Governor Lachlan Macquarie’s authority in the infant colony of New South Wales between the years 1810 and 1822, and draws parallels with the fate of a liberal conscience in modern Australian politics.

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Cast : 7M, 3F
Performance Rights : http://alexbuzo.com.au/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-356-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Makassar Reef
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Makassar Reef

Alex Buzo
 

East meets west in this subtle romantic comedy when a handful of tourists and adventurers converge on the ruins of an old Indonesian port. Buzo moves away from satire to examine at a deeper level the ennui and alienation behind the laughter.

Includes an authoritative introduction by Frank Palmos, an Indonesian correspondent and interpreter for the president during the Sukarno era.

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Cast : 5M, 3F
Performance Rights : http://alexbuzo.com.au/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-021-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Man from Mukinupin, The
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Man from Mukinupin, The

Dorothy Hewett
 
This comic musical play celebrates life in a country town at the time of the Great War, conjuring its light and dark sides into an old fertility dance.


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Cast : 6M, 8F
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-917-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Plays of the 70s: Volume 1
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Plays of the 70s: Volume 1

Currency Modern Drama

Katharine Brisbane (ed)
 

The bicentennial celebrations in 1970 of the arrival of Captain James Cook aroused a new interest in Australia's history and culture. The plays in this volume were landmarks in the development of a rough new all-Australian theatre which celebrated the rude colour of Australian language and mores.

It was a period of comedy and satire, but these plays show that beneath the larrikinism, sharp social criticism was at work. Ordinary people were becoming alienated and exploited, living largely unexamined lives. 

The plays in this volume are: 

The Legend of King O'Malley by Michael Boddy & Bob Ellis

 

A landmark play when it was first produced in 1970, The Legend of King O'Malley draws on vaudeville traditions to create a larrikin form from which the Australian New Wave theatre took its direction. The underlying story is based on a real life Texan idealist who became a member of two Australian parliaments and was defeated in 1917 for opposing conscription.

The play begins with a prairie revival meeting and takes a journey of adventure and hardship, culminating in a satirical view of federal parliament as a bunch of clowns. Beyond the irreverence, Australian myths can be glimpsed in the portrait of the lonely outsider andfarseeing idealist in conflict with conservative pragmatists.

 



The Joss Adams Show by Alma De Groen

One of the first new wave plays to raise female consciousness in a movement which was almost entirely male-dominated.

Joss gives a unique insight into the state of mind of a woman with post-natal depression. A savagely comic play whose strength lies in the tension between the comic inappropriateness of the social behaviour and the 'reality' in the mind of the audience—in this case the death of a baby.

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Mrs Thally F by John Romeril

A long one-act play based on a real-life murderer, devised for the Australian Performing Group's Portable Theatre Company.

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A Stretch of the Imagination by Jack Hibberd
Monk O’Neill, the lonely misanthropist has become an archetype of the Australian character since he first appeared on our stages in 1971.

      

   Also available in Jack Hibberd: Selected Plays


The Removalists by David Williamson 
A young policeman’s first day on duty becomes a violent and highly charged initiation into law enforcement. Remarkable for its blend of boisterous humour and horrifying violence, the play has acquired a reputation as a classic statement on Australian authoritarianism and is a key work in the study of Australian drama.


   Also available as a single edition (print)

   Awards
  • 1972 AWGIE Award - Best Stage Play and Best Script.
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Cast : The Legend of King O'Malley - 3M, 3F + extras / The Joss Adams Show - 2M, 2F / Mrs Thally F - 4F (doubling possible) / The Removalists - 4M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-548-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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