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A Beautiful Life
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A Beautiful Life

Michael Futcher & Helen Howard
 
An Iranian family living in Australia attempts to escape memories of torture endured back home. Their role in the 1992 raid on the Iranian Embassy in Canberra leads to persecution by the Australian government. Based on a true story.


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Cast : 6M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.kublerauckland.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-605-3 | 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
Beautiful Words
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Beautiful Words

Sean Riley
 
An epic chronicle of the refugee experience, Beautiful Words weaves together three very different stories of survival, told through the eyes of three children in different times and places. The outcome is heart-rending, humorous, and surprising by turns. From the horrors of Auschwitz Concentration Camp in the final days of World War II, to Taliban-ruled Kabul, to present day Australia, this enthralling play presents a rich tapestry of human experience, overlapping lives, and the bonds that unite generations.

Over three hours, with some 20 characters, Beautiful Words tells an engaging story with poignant comedy and unashamed feeling.

 

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Cast : 3F, 6M (doubling)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-832-3 | 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
Boy Overboard
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Boy Overboard

Patricia Cornelius / Morris Gleitzman
 
A story of adventure, ball control and hope.

Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?

Adapted for the stage by Patricia Cornelius from Morris Gleitzman's best-selling novel, Boy Overboard depicts a deeply human side of the 'asylum seekers' issue by following the journey of Jamal and Bibi from Afghanistan to Australia. Based on real life events, this is a moving play about young people overcoming the confusion of war, politics and the search for a safe haven.

 

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   Review
  • Morris Gleitzman’s excellent unsparing novel for young adults in an accurate, theatrically imaginative and robust staging adaptation by Patricia Cornelius, deals with both the money grubbing and perilous mechanics of a refugee journey and the eternal hunger of hope. - Stephen Dunne, Sydney Morning Herald

Cast : 9M, 6F (doubling possible)
Performance Rights : Cameron Creswell - info@cameronsmanagement.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-807-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Brilliant Monkey / Skip Miller’s Hit Songs
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Brilliant Monkey / Skip Miller’s Hit Songs

Alan Dukes & Sean Riley
 
Two sensitive and heartbreaking stories that explore the lives of those affected by war and caught between two worlds. 

Brilliant Monkey
Gerard is a returned veteran of active service in Afghanistan who has suffered a Traumatic Brain Injury. While being assessed by the military as an outpatient Gerard reunites with his older, homeless brother Danny, who’s wounded in his own way.

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Skip Miller’s Hit Songs
Skip Miller has spent years photographing the war zones of Africa. Balancing his suburban life in Adelaide and the reality of his experiences in Africa leaves him dislocated as he finds it difficult to fit in. This dislocation is mirrored in the experiences of African refugees now living in Adelaide.


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Cast : Brilliant Monkey - 2M / Skip Miller's Hit Songs - 4M, 2F + 3 musicians
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-953-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Buried City
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Buried City

Raimondo Cortese
 
OUT OF PRINT

Late one night in the gutted façade of a building primed for redevelopment, a group of security workers, labourers, and a local teenager find themselves haunting the same territory. One by one they rule a line in the sand, and by dawn they’re set for a showdown over who builds the future and who gets to own it. Buried City is an ambitious new work about ever-changing cities like Sydney – where waves of immigrants make new lives on old land.

 

Cast : 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-925-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Carrying Shoes into the Unknown / Dolly Stainer of Kew Cottages
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Carrying Shoes into the Unknown / Dolly Stainer of Kew Cottages

OUT OF PRINT

johmne
 
Carrying Shoes into the Unknown
A fictionalised account of a true story of a Western family living in Iran during the last days of the Shah and the rise of Ayotollah Khomeini. 

 


Dolly Stainer of Kew Cottages
This play illuminates the world of institutionalized care in twentieth century Australia through the moving story of Dolly Stainer. 


Cast : Carrying Shoes into the Unknown - 15M, 6F (doubling possible) / Dolly Stainer of Kew Cottages - 1M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-787-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Checklist For An Armed Robber
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Checklist For An Armed Robber

Vanessa Bates
 
In 2002, a young man rehearses for his first armed robbery on a bookstore in Newcastle. On the other side of the world, Chechen rebels hold siege of the Moscow Theatre, demanding liberation. One is a local, small time theft and the other an international political crisis, but both are born of a similar futility and powerlessness to be heard.

Moving back and forth between Moscow and Newcastle, these real events are the basis for this exploration on what drives such acts of terror and the impact they hold on the victims - the perspective from both ends of the gun.

   

   Awards
  • 2006 VIC Premier’s Literary Awards - Louis Esson Prize (shortlist)
  • 2006 Griffin Award (shortlist)
  • 2006 ANPC/New Dramatists Award (shortlist)
  • 2005 AWGIEs - Best Radio Adaptation
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Cast : 2M, 2F
Performance Rights : Elizabeth Troyeur & Associates Pty Ltd - info@troyeur.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-863-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Damage
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Damage

Jonah / Top End / Lost Weekend / The Floating World

John Romeril
 
This collection, introduced by John McCallum, includes three previously unpublished works: 

Jonah
A Brechtian musical reinvention of Louis Stone's novel of the same name.


Top End
A political drama set in Darwin during the Indonesian invasion of East Timor.

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Lost Weekend
Takes a class-based look at 'Australianess'.

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The three title above are published together with Romeril's best-known play -

The Floating World
The story of a returned serviceman's descent into madness on a cruise ship bound for Japan.

Romeril's writing conveys the immediacy of the times that stems from his beginnings as an agitprop writer, but he focuses on everyday lives. The plays in Damage explore the twentieth century stresses and strains, the damage we do and the damage done to us.

   Resources

Cast : Various
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-876-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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