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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
Australian Monologues for Men
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Australian Monologues for Men

Currency Press
 
Coming soon!

Monologues are a crucial element of theatre, for actors and students alike. From high school study to professional auditions and performances, the monologue exposes the heart of a play and the capacities of the performer.

The monologue should be relevant to the performer, and a revelation to the audience. This new collection brings together 30 monologues from contemporary Australian plays. These voices span ages 14 to 84, and from the era of the 1880s to the near future; showcasing the best of our national writing for the stage.


Currency Press | 978-1-76062-177-3 | PB
Australian Monologues for Women
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Australian Monologues for Women

Currency Press
 
Coming soon!

Monologues are a crucial element of theatre, for actors and students alike. From high school study to professional auditions and performances, the monologue exposes the heart of a play and the capacities of the performer.

The monologue should be relevant to the performer, and a revelation to the audience. This new collection brings together 30 monologues from contemporary Australian plays. These voices span ages 14 to 84, and from the era of the 1880s to the near future; showcasing the best of our national writing for the stage.

 

Currency Press | 978-1-76062-176-6 | PB
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.

   

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

Matthew Ryan and Lucas Stibbard
 
Side by side in a leafy suburb, Thom lives in one flat, Alethea in another. It's pretty clear that their respective, unsatisfying lives would improve enormously if they just met each other. But with a wall literally between them, this seems highly improbable.

Then there's the building's Power Box, having an existential crisis about the eventual collapse of the universe, and the super nova from five thousand years ago. Then there's time travelling on an equation for the speed of light and too much sugar. There's demon magpie attacks, laptops in love, cats dancing to Prince and sock puppet nightmares. And a tiny prayer by the Wall, hoping that all of these pieces can come together for one magical moment of love.

 
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Cast : 1M & 1 musician
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-955-9 | 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
Lake Disappointment
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Lake Disappointment

Lachlan Philpott & Luke Mullins
 
Kane and I were both rising stars. I was rising to the top of the hand-modelling world and Kane was doing his plays. Kane got his first action film and I became his double. We clicked. Everyone said so.

Kane is one of the world’s biggest movie stars. His body double has been there from the start, sharing more than just looks with his famous counterpart. The body double and Kane are to work on Lake Disappointment—an independent arts film that might see them win prestigious awards and fame.

This one-person play of mirrors and mannerisms explores the strange world of the body double. It makes unique contributions to timeless theatrical concepts of images and representation. Lake Disappointment is an unusual new work about ego, self-fashioning, and illusions.

"This is the most intriguing work of theatre in Sydney at the moment." Sydney Morning Herald

"An elaborate assemblage of reflections and surfaces that constantly asks you to think about the construction of narrative and identity and ‘art’." Time Out

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Cast : 1M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-009-7 | Sales Rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Mother
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Mother

Daniel Keene
 
Mother is a one-woman play that tells the story of Christie, a homeless woman in a world detached, unforgiving and destructive. It gives voice to the fallen and dispossessed, to those who exist at the edge of safety, at the point of being undone. It speaks of madness, denial, ignorance and free-falling poverty. Utterly devastating, yet written with Daniel Keene's characteristic lyricism, Mother is wrought with tenderness, violence and loneliness in equal measure.







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'Daniel Keene is indisputably one of Australia's most poetic, thoughtful and probing playwrights.'

Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

'Fashioning language is Daniel Keene's trade... You can almost imagine him pulling a red-hot word from a furnace, hammering it into shape and laying it down on the page to cool.'

Ben Cubby, Sydney Morning Herald
Cast : 1F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-554-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Not in the Script
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Not in the Script

Performance Monologues from Unexpected Places

John McCallum/Jenny Nicholls
 

After creation, Eve begins a journal.

King David’s son discovers the eagle’s egg.

A soldier recalls the face of his dead comrade.

An Iraqi woman speaks of fear and pride.

A Wongaibon woman finds family, country and a scruffy dog.

Dalit poetry defies poverty and marginalisation.

An intersex youth claims true identity.

‘In any piece worth performing there is something happening underneath that is not in the script.’

This monologue collection offers up a challenge: to perform with voices that aren’t from play scripts. Working instead from fiction, non-fiction and poetry, these pieces are a fresh and sharp source of material for performance, auditions and workshops. Unusual sources provide the actor or drama student with a new array of monologue possibilities.

The characters range from lovers in the King James Bible to a sci-fi Artificial Intelligence unit navigating gender identities between planets. Classic sources include Great Expectations, Jane Eyre, Ulysses and The Bell Jar and work from Beckett, Kafka and Mark Twain. Strong contemporary monologues come from work by Raymond Carver, Miranda July, Elena Ferrante, Jeffrey Eugenides, Alice Munro and David Sedaris. Australian voices speak in iconic moments from Jasper Jones and John Marsden’s Tomorrow series and from definitive work by David Malouf, Elizabeth Jolley, Geraldine Brooks, Morris Gleitzman, Jeanine Leane, Gayle Kennedy and Alice Pung.

These monologues speak from moments of radical change and subtle exploration. Beneath each is a well-crafted literary work with its own world of characters, conflicts and tension: we invite you to look beyond the script.

                

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-583-7 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Odyssey
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Odyssey

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Andreas Litras & John Bolton
 
Co-written with John Bolton, Odyssey weaves the story of Andreas Litras’ migrant family through the legend of Odysseus, hero of Homer’s classic text The Odyssey. Using Odysseus’ long journey home to counterpoint the modern migrant experience Odyssey explores narratives of dislocation and identity. Journeys and characters cross paths as the performance moves between past and present, Greece and Australia, memory and imagination. Odyssey is a celebration of what it means to find home.


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Cast : 1M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-951-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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