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48 Shades of Brown
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48 Shades of Brown

Philip Dean
 
In his final year at school, and with his parents overseas, Dan is forced to grow up fast when he moves in with his 22-year-old aunt Jacq and her eccentric friend Naomi. Light-hearted and funny, with a definite twist of insanity. Adapted from Nick Earls’ novel.

Includes Teachers' Notes by Sandra Gattenhof.


Cast : 4M, 6F
Performance Rights : Kubler Auckland Management - www.kublerauckland.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-652-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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
After January
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After January

Philip Dean
 
Alex is marking time while awaiting his school results—body surfing, watching TV and playing pool are meanwhile his primary concerns. So he’s not prepared for the girl with the nose-ring who cuts past him on a wave and draws him into a new way of looking at the world. Adapted from a novel by Nick Earls.

Includes Teachers'  Notes by Nataly Redhead Beh & Collette Brennan

Cast : 4M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.kublerauckland.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-636-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
All Stops Out
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All Stops Out

Michael Gow
 

Studying comes naturally to Sam, but Danny finds it more difficult. Linda thinks Jenny is wasting her time whilst Cathy regrets not working harder.

And all the parents are anxious...

In All Stops Out, Michael Gow reveals different attitudes towards the dreaded end of year exams.


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Cast : 4M, 4F
Performance Rights : Shanahan Management - admin@shanahan.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-310-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Amigos
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Amigos

David Williamson
 

In a moment of glory at the 1968 Olympics, an Australian rowing team known as 'The Four Amigos' won bronze. It was lifetime bonding material.

Or so it seemed. Thirty-five years later only two of the Amigos keep in touch. Jim is a wealthy banker with a young, beautiful wife and seems to have it all. His friend Dick, a heart surgeon, has something that Jim covets: a sterling reputation. When the two mates meet up in Port Douglas with their wives, they have competing personal agendas. Then Steven, a third Amigo, turns up, ready to expose the past.

A savagely funny play that hinges on the subtle aggression and unacknowledged dependencies of male friendship — and the angst and irritation created for those on the sidelines.


Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-746-3 | 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
Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays
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Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays

The Gay Divorcee/Furious/Blood and Honour/What Do They Call Me?/Mates/Pinball/Is That You Nancy?

Bruce Parr (ed)
 
The printed edition of Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays is no longer available. The individual plays in the collection are available as eBooks only.

A collection of gay and lesbian themed drama.

The Gay Divorcee , by Margaret Fischer
Weaving together the language of fairytales with the psychodrama of modern lesbian relationships, Margaret Fischer explores today’s challenges with yesterday’s wisdom and a touch of Jewish humour.


Furious
, by Michael Gow
A family secret, a terrible betrayal and an obsession to rewrite the past combine in an explosive cocktail of fact and fiction. This is Michael Gow’s most uncompromising play.


Blood and Honour , by Alex Harding
Racism and homophobia are explored in the relationship between a white Australian, Colin, and his Asian lover, Michael. The language of the stage elevates their dialogue with Colin’s mother to a hyper-real and hilarious performance of ideas.


What Do They Call Me? , by Eva Johnson
Coming to terms with both lesbian and Aboriginal identity are at the heart of Johnson’s three monologues, which each present a different view of the impact of legislation from the 1940s to 1970s on Aboriginal people.


Mates , by Peter Kenna
An old bloke from the bush revisits an old haunt, to find it has been transformed. He meets a young, gay singer on the verge of suicide. The scene is set for a confrontation with the singer's closeted lover and the bushie's memories of youth.

              


Pinball , by Alison Lyssa
An entertaining drama from 1980 written in defense of women facing judges who make the presumption that a lesbian parent is likely to be harmful to a child.

              


Is That You Nancy? ,  by  Sandra Shotlander
This lively and literary play links lesbians of the past with those of the present in a delightful tapestry of telephone calls between Gertrude Stein, her friends and her fans.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-455-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Australian Women's Drama: Texts and Feminisms
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Australian Women's Drama: Texts and Feminisms

Vocations / The Chapel Perilous / Historia / Murras / Remember / The Forty Lounge Cafe / Running Up a Dress

Peta Tait & Elizabeth Schafer (eds)
 
A collection of plays that charts some of the shifts in feminist thinking over the past twenty-five years and features some of Australia’s most renowned female dramatists.

Vocationsby Alma De Groen
Two women, a writer and an actress, must try to separate their vocations from the nesting instincts of their mates.
The Chapel Perilous,  by 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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Historia,  by Noëlle Janaczewska
A lesbian love affair between the Polish-born Zosia and the Australian Zoe invokes a powerful reconsideration of the boundaries placed around ethnicity and nationality, cyberspace and real time, and the past and the present.


Murras,  by Eva Johnson
An Aboriginal woman, Ruby, struggles against hostile and racist society. She loses her husband to alcoholism induced by despair at the loss of his land and culture; and she loses her house under authoritarian governmental rehousing policies. She must face other terrible things, too, but the tragic events of her life are offset by her courageous strength. 


Remember,  by Jenny Kemp
Sustaining a tension between a mundane domesticity and the surreal, exotic projections of Moderna’s inner world, Remember  investigates the long-term consequences of the experience of rape. 

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The Forty Lounge Cafe , by Tes Lyssiotis
A lyrical family story spanning three generations and two worlds. 

Running Up A Dress , by Suzanne Spunner
A collage of performed selves, this play depicts the ‘wear and tear’ on mother-daughter relationships through linguistic exercises on the extended metaphor of dressmaking. 
Cast : Vocations - 2M, 2F + extras / The Chapel Perilous - 3M, 2F / Historia - 2M, 2F / Remember - 2M, 3F / The Forty Lounge Cafe - 9F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-497-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Babyteeth
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Babyteeth

Rita Kalnejais
 

A group of more or less ordinary Sydneysiders go about their lives: Anna makes toast, Henry dresses for work, Milla catches the train to school, Moses deals drugs. But hovering above this unholy parade of life is the sobering fact that Milla will die before her 15th birthday.

Babyteeth looks at the humdrum world around us and sees something radically alive. Dogs, Paganini, figs, an eight-year-old Vietnamese violin prodigy, morphine, clear skies and a Latvian immigrant are amongst the magnificent conflagration of ingredients which make up this wonderful, funny play, written specially for Belvoir.



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Cast : 4M, 3F
Performance Rights : Shanahan Management - admin@shanahan.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-926-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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