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Dallas Winmar
Traces the true story of three Aboriginal sisters whose mother was determined to keep her children when officials wanted to remove them following the death of their father. 

The story is that of the three sisters of the playwright Jack Davis.

  • 2003 VIC Premier's Literary Awards - Louis Esson Prize for Drama (shortlist)
  • 2002 Kate Challis RAKA Award 
  • 2002 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards - Play Award (shortlist)
Cast : 2M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-688-6 | 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. 


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
Barbara and the Camp Dogs
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Barbara and the Camp Dogs

Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine
I want to be extreme
Unreasonably rude

I like to spit and scream

Inappropriately crude

I drink St Agnes Brandy

In a paper cup with ice

And when I’m feeling randy

Don’t expect me to be nice

High maintenance me

Real piece of work you see

A troublesome stunt

instincts of a ….
Wild, unpredictable, and deeply vulnerable, Barbara and her sister René are singing for their lives. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney, but when their mother’s health deteriorates, the sisters embark on a pilgrimage back home to country. Full of painful, unfinished business for Barbara, their return sends her into a downward spiral. Can Barbara find a way to resolve the past in time to preserve love in the only family she has known?

Through music that ranges from punk-inspired explosions of rage, to tender rock and soul ballads full of yearning, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a gob-spit of fun, frenzy and family that finds beauty in honesty and hope in confronting the past.

Cast : 2F, 2M, 3 musicians
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-044-8 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Blak Inside
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Blak Inside

I Don't Wanna Play House / Conversations With the Dead / Enuff / Crow Fire / Belonging / Casting Doubts

Tammy Anderson et. al.

A collection of six plays from Victoria by Aboriginal writers which encompass a myriad of issues about the Aboriginal experience.


I Don’t Wanna Play House, by Tammy Anderson 
Tammy Anderson's moving story of her childhood. A truly remarkable account of the triumph of the human spirit.


Conversations With the Dead, by Richard J. Frankland
Imagine that you're a Koorie, that you're in your mid-twenties, that your job is to look into the lives of the dead and the process, policy and attitude that killed them.

Jack is employed by Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. In his role he listens to the stories of grieving families and re-creates the lives of those who have died. A powerful, savage play which takes you into the aching sorrow of deaths in custody.

A violent uprising is planned for Reconciliation Day in a future Australia. Will retribution or forgiveness prevail?


Crow Fire, by Jadah Milroy
The story of a young, urban Indigenous Australian woman and a man from a desert community lured into the city.


Belonging, by Tracey Rigney
Follows the taunts and temptations of a school girl, and her personal struggle to remain true to her culture and herself.



Casting Doubts, by Maryanne Sam
A funny and at times heart-wrenching play about an actors' casting agency with more colour charts than a paint shop, and the problems faced by Indigenous actors.


Cast : I Don't Wanna Play House - 1F + 1 musician / Conversations With the Dead - 5M, 1F + 1 musician / Enuff - 5M, 2F / Crow Fire - 3M, 2F / Belonging - 1M, 3F (doubling required) / Casting Doubts - 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-662-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Brothers Wreck
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Brothers Wreck

Jada Alberts

Mob can’t survive like that, you can’t survive like that. We gotta talk to each other, as hard as it is, ’cause I guarantee you, that phone will ring and you’ll have to say goodbye again.

This play is about life.

It begins with a death: on a hot morning under a house in Darwin, Ruben wakes to find his cousin Joe hanging from the rafters. What follows is the story of a family, buffeted by constant tragedy, holding itself together – as their people have done generation after generation. This play asks us: how do we deal with death? And how many other people does it take for each of us to live? Little by little, Ruben’s family brings him back from the edge.

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Cast : 3M, 2F
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Currency Press | 978-1-92500-513-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Brumby Innes / Bid Me to Love
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Brumby Innes / Bid Me to Love

Katharine Susannah Prichard

'I consider Brumby Innes to be in a class by itself' wrote theatre director Gregan McMahon in 1927, 'It is a very remarkable work, comparable to some of the best of Eugene O'Neill's, and it is, moreover, essentially Australian.'

Despite the accolades for Brumby Innes, it was 44 years before this ‘remarkable work’ reached the stage; and 45 years for its companion piece, Bid Me To Love. The one, set among the South Pandjima people of the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia, the other among the fashionable rich in the lush hills outside Perth, the plays are compelling documents, both for their pungent dramatic styles and for their insight into the novels which followed: Coonardoo and Intimate Strangers. In this new edition, Maryrose Casey re-examines Brumby Innes in the context of its treatment of women and race, while Jacqueline Wright explores Katharine Susannah Prichard’s use of language and the shifting focus of the white gaze.


Cast : 6F, 8M; 4F, 4M + children
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-191-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The
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Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The

Australian Screen Classics

Henry Reynolds
Set in central-western New South Wales in the 1890s, Fred Schepisi’s film of Thomas Keneally’s award-winning novel is a powerful and confronting story of a black man’s revenge against an unjust and intolerant society.  

Raised by missionaries, Jimmie Blacksmith, a young Aboriginal man, is poignantly caught between the ways of his black forefathers and those of the white society to which he aspires. Exploited by his boss and betrayed by his [white] wife, he declares war on his white employers and goes on a violent killing spree.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith was one of the most significant films of the 1970s ‘renaissance’. It was the first Australian feature in which the whole story is told from an Aboriginal perspective and it broke new ground in dealing with one of the most tragic aspects of Australian history: the racist treatment of the Aboriginal population. The spectre of the violent and vengeful black had barely been touched upon and the depth of rage that the film put on screen was unprecedented in Australian film at the time.


A timely and very important work - Sean Gorman, Senses of Cinema

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith is the 8th title in the Australian Screen Classics series, co-published with the National Film and Sound Archive.


Currency Press | 978-0-86819-824-8 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Close to the Bone
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Close to the Bone

Ned Manning

Written with students from the EORA Centre in Redfern in 1990, some of whom were members of the Stolen Generation, Close to the Bone is a story about a family’s survival in the face of adversity. Moving from the Mission to Redfern and back again, it celebrates Redfern’s role in providing a focal point for dislocated Indigenous Australians. The play also honours the role EORA played in bringing people together and linking them with family. It was first performed by EORA students at the old Centre in the heart of Redfern. It was directed by Lydia Miller, David Kennedy and Rhoda Roberts with music by Scott Saunders and Karen Vaughan.

Close to the Bone is a large cast play that is suitable for students of all ages and youth groups.

‘This play presents the issue of the stolen generations with an authentic Aboriginal voice and gives a powerful impression of the continuing human impact of bureaucratic decisions on Aboriginal families, both in the past and now. The New South Wales Aboriginal Education Consultative Group fully supports and endorses the publication of this play.’ Linda Burney, President, NSW AECG

Cast : 11F, 4F, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-389-2 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ
Contemporary Indigenous Plays
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Contemporary Indigenous Plays

Bitin' Back / Black Medea / King Hit / Rainbow's End / Windmill Baby

Vivienne Cleven et al
Five plays from around the country which illustrate the rich tradition of Indigenous storytelling as it flourishes in contemporary theatre. 

‘Each play is a durable, resilient stone that both builds upon Indigenous traditions but also lays the foundation for the generations that will follow.’ - Professor Larissa Behrendt, from her Introduction.

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Bitin’ Back, by Vivienne Cleven
Adapted from her award-winning novel, this is a ‘zany and uproarious black farce’ -  National Indigenous Times


Black Medea, by Wesley Enoch
A richly poetic adaptation of Euripides Medea that blends the cultures of Ancient Greek and indigenous storytelling to weave a bold and breathtaking commentary on contemporary experience.

A visceral impact and lasting, disturbing imagery -  SMH

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King Hit, by David Milroy and Geoffrey Narkle
Strikes at the very heart of the Stolen Generations, exploring the impact on an individual and a culture when relationships are brutally broken.


Rainbow’s End, by Jane Harrison 
Set in the 1950s on the fringe of a country town, this is a thought-provoking and emotionally powerful snapshot of a Koori family which dramatises the struggle for decent housing, meaningful education, jobs and community acceptance.

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Windmill Baby, by David Milroy
Set on an abandoned cattle station in the Kimberley landscape, this one woman play combines the poetry of a campfire story with the comedy of a great yarn.

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Cast : Bitin' Back 5M, 3F (doubling required) / Black Medea - 2M, 2F, including 1 boy / King Hit - 3M, 1F / Rainbow's End - 1M, 3F / Windmill Baby 1F
Performance Rights : Bitin' Back, Rainbow's End & Windmill Baby - / Black Medea and King Hit -
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-795-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Dead Heart (play)
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Dead Heart (play)

Nick Parsons
In the isolated community of Wala Wala, Senior Constable Ray Lorkin struggles to keep an uneasy peace between Aboriginal tradition and the law he is sworn to uphold. But when a local man dies in mysterious circumstances, Ray decides he can no longer do things 'blackfella way'.

Cast : 18M, 4F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-377-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB