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Bombshells
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Bombshells

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
Six monologues made famous by the diva Caroline O'Connor, exposing six women balancing their inner and outer lives with humour and often desperate cunning. They range in age from a feisty teenager to a 64-year-old widow yearning for the unexpected.

   

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Cast : 6F (played by 1 woman)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-751-7 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Button
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Button

Carole Patullo and Jane Bayly
 
Please note: this title is only available as an eBook.

It’s just a little disc. A useful, beautiful thing… it holds us together.

Two women live alone but side by side. One day they meet over a jar of buttons and an awkward friendship begins…

Poignant and funny, Button is about friendship, longing, life, death and the living in between.


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Cast : 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-985-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Dinkum Assorted
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Dinkum Assorted

Linda Aronson
 
In winter 1942, when 2000 American airmen are stationed near the small town of Warrabadanga, fifteen female workers battle to keep the biscuits baking. This rousing musical comedy showcases an entertaining slice of Australian social history.

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Cast : 15F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-249-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Eleanor & Alice
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Eleanor & Alice

Peta Tait
 

Eleanor Roosevelt’s epic flight across Japanese patrolled sea to Australia in 1943 during WWII stands out as heroic. Evading Winston Churchill’s visit to the USA for his meetings with her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor confesses to Mary Alice Evatt—wife of Doc Herbert Evatt, Minister of External Affairs during WWII—that she is dreading the official receptions in Australia. Artist Mary Alice tries to dissuade Eleanor from flying to the battlefront as she solicits Eleanor’s assistance to guarantee Roosevelt’s war support to Australia.

In Paris in 1948, Mary Alice visits Picasso and Australian artist Moya Dyring, Eleanor chairs the committee developing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights at the United Nations, and Doc Evatt works hard as the first elected President of the General Assembly. Eleanor and Doc Evatt need to meet together but he is avoiding her.

At the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Eleanor & Mary Alice implicitly reveals what these women contributed to political events as it highlights Mary Alice’s importance to Australian modern art and the arts as a human right (Article 27). The Evatts and the Roosevelts had shared values including an understanding that the arts can advance freedom, equality and social justice.


Cast : 2F, 1 musician
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-253-4 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Endangered: Three Plays
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Endangered: Three Plays

They Saw a Thylacine (Justine Campbell & Sarah Hamilton) / Extinction (Hannie Rayson) / The Honey Bees (Caleb Lewis)

Justine Campbell & Sarah Hamilton et al.
 

Three plays that make a powerful statement on Australia’s relationship with the environment in the shadow of global warming.

They Saw a Thylacine by Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton

Out of the darkness, Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton conjure the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties, the thylacine. With all the suspense of a campfire story, these feisty, funny women weave a lyrical tale of adversity and extinction. For this thylacine tracker and this zoo keeper’s daughter, it’s a quest not just to protect a threatened creature, but themselves. Rebellious and gutsy, these women face life and fight to survive.

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Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Extinction delves deep into the heart of our own morals, choices and tightly-held convictions. Extinction wraps an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story. A wild, rainy night, a twist of fate and an injured tiger quoll bring together a passionate environmentalist and an unlikely Good Samaritan. Both are hell-bent on saving the species, but intentions are murky. What will be compromised in the quest to save the quoll? Nothing is black and white in this intriguing story about love, sex, money and power.

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The Honey Bees by Caleb Lewis

As the world’s honeybees disappear, a family-owned apiary struggles to keep up with overseas demand. Driven by matriarch Joan’s iron will, the business continues to grow. And then Melissa arrives out of the blue. The Honey Bees is a tale of family and empire; action and consequences; and what happens when the bee finally stings.

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Currency Press | 978-1-92500-587-5 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Golden Oldies, The / Susannah's Dreaming
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Golden Oldies, The / Susannah's Dreaming

Dorothy Hewett
 
OUT OF PRINT

The Golden Oldies

A relish for life in defiance of mortality is the impulse behind The Golden Oldies, a satirical play about death and filial duty. One of Hewett’s most densely written works.


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Susannah's Dreaming

A lyrical play for radio, full of the sounds of the sea and of fishermen. The play explores familial relationships as the dreams of a mother and daughter are destroyed.


Cast : The Golden Oldies - 2F + 3 effigies / Susannah's Dreaming - 6M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-031-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Highway of Lost Hearts
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Highway of Lost Hearts

Mary Anne Butler
 
A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500 kms of wide open road.

Mot wakes up one morning to find that her heart is missing from her chest. She can breathe; she has a pulse—but she feels… nothing.

So, she decides to go and look for it. With her Dog enlisted as co-pilot, Mot heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts: into the deepest core of the Australian outback—navigating red dirt landscapes, fire and flood, brittle dry-ness, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls.

An allegory for a country that’s lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts is half gritty road journey, half magic realism and all heart. It leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again?


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Cast : 1F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-508-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Love Child
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Love Child

Joanna Murray-Smith
 
A reconciliation between a mother and the daughter she gave away at birth. Anna defines herself through her political conscience and she believes she has come to terms with her history until a young woman arrives at her door.

Cast : 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-546-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Mavis Goes to Timor
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Mavis Goes to Timor

co-authors Angela Chaplin and Kavisha Mazzella

Katherine Thomson
 
Stung into action by the suffering of the East Timorese, an 86-year-old retired haberdasher from regional Victoria decides that she can make a difference. Along with her daughter, Mavis takes her sewing machines to Timor and sets in motion her practical contribution. Twenty-three sewing centres later, more than 119 tonnes of donated household goods have made their way from Mavis’s place in Yarrawonga to the newly independent nation of Timor, and the sewing co-operatives continue today. Based on a true story.

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Cast : 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-702-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian Women and the Vietnam War
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Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian Women and the Vietnam War

Terence O’Connell
 

If history is told by the victors, the story of war is usually told by the blokes. Now it's the ‘sheilas' turn. Nearly a thousand Australian women had a part in the Vietnam War as entertainers, typists, consular staff and army nurses. The one thing they have in common is that their lives were changed forever by Vietnam. For many of them it was the most vital and alive they have ever felt.

Minefields and Miniskirts records the voices of those who were actually there; ordinary woman revealing how they survived a war and discovered what they believed in. Adapted from Siobhan McHugh's book, this play reveals through a collage of true stories, the extraordinary experiences of ordinary women in surviving a war.

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Cast : 5F
Performance Rights : Ken Moffatt - kmoffat@loulakiblue.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-762-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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