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A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il
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A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il

Kit Brookman
 
"Rabbits don't talk Mr Wertheim. They keep their stupid mouths shut or they get whacked on the head with a shovel... learn to be a rabbit."

Johann's super-sized rabbits are his pride and joy. Much to his surprise, the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has taken a special interest, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on them. When a bungled undercover rescue mission transports Johann to North Korea, he finds himself, and the bunnies he betrayed, in a bit of a stew.

Preposterously based on a true story, A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il is a cunning comic thriller spanning two continents. Crammed with secret-agents, espionage, double-crossings and a giant rabbit named Felix, the play is also a pointed parable about betrayal and forgiveness, greed and regret.
Cast : 3M; 2F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-548-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
A Strategic Plan
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A Strategic Plan

Ross Mueller
 
"Failure is not on the whiteboard."

Feel like you’re drowning in paper work? Beaten by the impenetrable weight of office bureaucracy? Adrift in a sea of jargon? You’re not alone. 

Andrew, former rock muso and new CEO of youth music organisation, Staccato, was parachuted in to save the company from oblivion. Mission accomplished, he’s setting his sights on implementing a bold, new strategic plan.

But the Board has unanimously scrapped the plan and neglected to tell Andrew, leaving him adrift in a world of KPIs, performance reviews and a General Manager who refuses to return from his holiday in Thailand.

A Strategic Plan is Geelong-based playwright Ross Mueller’s contemporary satire about office life, arts funding and the perils of following your heart. Hilarious, pointed and painfully observant, it’s sure to cut close to the bone for anyone who’s ever tried to make a difference at work.

           
Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-007-3 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
A Town Named War Boy
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A Town Named War Boy

Ross Mueller
 
"We hit Cairo like a train!... Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar. The pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation."

Inspired by The State Library of New South Wales' jaw-dropping collection of World War I diaries and letters, A Town Named War Boy explores both the events of war and the impact it has upon soldiers and their families. Written with insight, humour and sensitivity, Ross Mueller's moving play brings the ANZAC legend to life.

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Cast : 4M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-539-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Acts of Courage
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Acts of Courage

Roslyn Oades
 
Acts of Courage forges immediacy and honesty between a vast range of Australian stories, generating forgiveness and hope in the act. Oades’ unwavering loyalty to the words, sounds and silences of everyday conversations conveys a steadfast loyalty to the experiences and the people from which they come. This trilogy celebrates not only the Australian spirit through times of hardship, but everyday, extraordinary, acts of courage.

Stories of Love and Hate
Made in response to the 2005 Cronulla Riots, Stories of Love and Hate traces the lives and loves of the passionate people who were there.


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Fast Cars and Tractor Engines
Ordinary people tell extraordinary stories about the fight of their lives as cultures collide, punches are dodged and youthful confessions of love are shared ...


I'm Your Man
Set in a boxing ring I’m Your Man explores notions of masculinity, courage and respect.

The SBS produced an interactive documentary based on I'm Your Man, available online for free.  You can learn about famous figures Tony Mundine, Lionel Rose, Les Darcy, Johnny Famechon and Kostya Tszyu and also try out boxing for yourself.  This exciting resource is especially suited for teenage audiences, and could be used easily in the classroom.   Access it free here.


Cast : Doubling possible for all plays. Stories of Love & Hate: 16M, 12F / Fast Cars & Tractor Engines: 7M, 10F / I'm Your Man: 16M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-525-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Almost with You
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Almost with You

Elizabeth Coleman
 
It’s 2007. At forty-five, Lisa is fighting growing feelings for Tom that threaten to rob her of Dan, the person she’s always loved most in the world. She wants Tom badly, but she can’t (or won’t) tell him about Dan, and Tom finds himself in a competition that he can’t possibly understand. As for Dan, he’s a cheeky, exasperating mystery: a twenty-year-old who lives in Lisa’s house and heart and is steeped in the style and the vibrant music of the British post-punk era.

Dan brings Lisa a joy she can’t bear to explain, but with her chance for a life with Tom slipping away, she must finally find the courage to let Dan go. It’s the most terrifying—and liberating—decision she’s made since a fateful night 25 years ago.

Taking its title from The Church song, Almost With You is written with Elizabeth Coleman’s customary wit, warmth and elegance. With flashbacks to the seventies and eighties lovingly captured, Almost With You is a funny and deeply affecting look at love, loss and letting go.


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Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-523-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
And No More Shall We Part
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And No More Shall We Part

Tom Holloway
 
After a long and successful marriage, Pam and Don are still very much in love. But Pam is ill and has to make a heartbreaking decision that will transform both their lives. She does so in the only way she knows how – quickly, pragmatically, and resolutely. Don behaves in the only way he knows how – struggling to keep up but desperate not to lose touch.

And No More Shall We Part follows Pam and Don’s halting, humorous and devastating attempt at the impossible – to begin to say goodbye to each other after a lifetime together.


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Cast : 1M, 1F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-904-7 | Sales rights: worldwide (except UK & Europe) | PB
Angela's Kitchen
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Angela's Kitchen

Paul Capsis, with Hilary Bell and Julian Meyrick
 
In 1948, Angela left Malta. Having gathered up five children, she sailed out on the Strathnavar, leaving poverty and the war behind.

Her destination: Australia. In Surry Hills, she could build a bright new life.

If only she could first learn the language, finish shoring up their dilapidated house, find new friends, get the racist neighbour off her back and keep her son away from sly grog queen Kate Leigh’s kids.

Back in Malta, someone else has made a journey. Making his way along Kalkara’s glistening harbourside, a young man with flowing black hair has returned to claim his past. Paul Capsis is walking home.

A journey that begins at a kitchen table becomes a sprawling family history and a fitting tribute to a much-loved matriarch.


   Awards
  • 2012 Helpmann Awards - Best New Australian Work
Cast : 1M or 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-946-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

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Sophocles (adapted by Eamon Flack)
 

Polyneices and Eteocles, two brothers leading opposite sides in Thebes’ civil war, have both been killed in battle. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, has declared that Eteocles will be honoured and Polyneices disgraced. The rebel brother’s body will not be sanctified by holy rites, and will lay unburied to become the food of carrion animals. Defying Creon’s edict Antigone buries her brother and in so doing unleashes a terrible tragedy.


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  Review
  • What a great piece of theatre! The adaptation by Eamon Flack retains the power of the original, while making it not so much up to date, as timeless. -  ArtsHub
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Cast : 4M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-880-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Antigone / Cyrano de Bergerac
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Antigone / Cyrano de Bergerac

Damien Ryan
 
Who here can tell what law we owe the dead?

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is a child of war. Thousands of years ago she asked a question: What do we do with the body of the enemy, when this enemy is our brother?

Damien Ryan’s new adaptation of Sophocles’ classic takes the conflicts of ancient Thebes and wrenches them passionately into the present. This story of war and its aftermath is a powerful yet vulnerable allegory about one of history’s most famous families.

Sport for Jove’s production of Antigone won seven Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016.

'[Brings the original] whole and unharmed and germane into the now.' —Diana Simmonds, StageNoise

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It stays with me, one thing… my panache!

Cyrano de Bergerac is convinced that his outrageously-sized nose will forever stop him from being loved by Roxane, his intellectual and beautiful friend. But Roxane is in love—with Christian, a handsome yet inarticulate soldier in Cyrano’s regiment. Together, Christian and Cyrano make a flawless human.

Edmond Rostand’s original 1890s tragicomic French masterpiece is the unique romance that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. This new adaptation by Damien Ryan brings the action forward to WWI, where Cyrano is a war poet like no other.

Sport for Jove’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac won three Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013.

Review

‘It’s an absolutely inspired adaptation, which soars with the poetry and pathos of Rostand’s original... It’s robust, lively, joyous and very funny, as well as deeply humane and poignant.'  Jo Litson, Limelight (Read the full review here)

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Cast : 5F, 5M + chorus and musician; 14F, 38M doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-086-8 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
As Told By the Boys Who Fed Me Apples
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As Told By the Boys Who Fed Me Apples

R. Johns
 

Sandy was the only Australian War Horse to return home from World War I. This is his poignant and fragmented war story. Through Sandy we experience the lives of three men who fought in the war.

Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges is mortally wounded at Gallipoli, and Sandy is his charger. A veterinary officer is caught with Sandy behind the lines on the Western Front in a gas shell barrage. A ‘permanently unfit’ soldier becomes a groom and brings Sandy home. Each is affected by their symbiotic relationship with the horse.

This unique, poetic piece of theatre captures the brutality of war and the heroism of the soldiers and horses who served.

Sandy is the horse full of wattle who drank the waters of the Murray in bucketloads, and who danced with bogong moths.

He is our connection to all those left behind.

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Cast : 4M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-052-3 | Sales Rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
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