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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
Aftershocks
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Aftershocks

Paul Brown and the Workers Cultural Action Committ
 
A moving documentary play drawn from the traumatic recollections of members of the Newcastle Workers' Club, which was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake.


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Cast : 7M, 9F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-650-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | 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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  • 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
Barassi
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Barassi

Tee O'Neill
 
Barassi is the story of a champion Australian Rules footballer and coach, Ron Barassi. Barassi’s premiership footballer father wore number 31 in the 1940 VFL Grand Final and was later killed as a soldier in Tobruk. He left a small boy who dreamed of one day being just like his father. That same boy was developed into a champion by a loving, but no-nonsense mother and a formidable foster father, Norm Smith. 

This is the story of the boy who becomes the legend, and who shapes the mighty game we know as Australian Rules Football—our indigenous game, the game that demands courage, skill, determination, innovation, selflessness, and the bit of 31 that is in us all.



Cast : 7M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-959-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Bastard Boys
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Bastard Boys

Sue Smith
 
Bastard Boys is the story of the fight that stopped the nation—the 1998 battle for Australia's waterfront. More than just a dispute over reform, it became a campaign for the hearts and minds of all Australians. Controversial, all-consuming and combative, it forced people to pick a side and fight for their beliefs. Political thriller, war film, buddy movie, love story and courtroom drama all rolled into one, this is the story of the people behind one of the most significant events in Australia's recent past.

Iconic Australian actors Jack Thompson and Colin Friels lead an outstanding cast that includes: Geoff Morrell, Dan Wyllie, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon and Lucy Bell.

Bastard Boys has been written with the cooperation and participation of all parties to the dispute. It is the first time participants such as former Patrick CEO, Chris Corrigan and ACTU Secretary, Greg Combet have agreed to tell their stories.

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  • The world of the wharves, the boardrooms and war rooms are places most of us will never visit or understand. Bastard Boys takes us there, makes sense and great drama all at once. It’s amazing. Ruth Richie, Sydney Morning Herald

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-809-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Black Box 149
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Black Box 149

R. Johns
 
A fictionalised account of a true incident—the grounding of British Airways Flight 149 at Kuwait International Airport during the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990— Black Box 149 explores the impact of war and terror on the lives of civilians. Written as an intense psychological and emotional journey, the play explores secrets, betrayal and guilt, and how the personal is impacted by the political.

 

Cast : 2M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-943-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Blue Murder
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Blue Murder

Ian David
 
OUT OF PRINT

Set in Sydney in the 1970s and 1980s, this multi-award winning television drama centres on the notorious friendship between drug dealer and robber Arthur Stanley ‘Neddy’ Smith and Detective Sergeant Roger ‘The Dodger’ Rogerson. There’s a pot of gold involved but it doesn’t come easily or cheaply. This is a powerful and frightening story about police corruption and Sydney’s underworld.

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  • Australia’s best ever drama ... riveting viewing   - Jenny Tabakoff,   Sydney Morning Herald

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-630-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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