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Chapel Perilous, The
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Chapel Perilous, The

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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Cast : 3M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-814-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Cosi
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Cosi

The play

Louis Nowra
 

Nowra’s vibrant play is set inside a psychiatric institution where Lewis, a university student, has been employed to direct a show. He becomes emotionally involved with his patients-cum-actors as his operatic production lurches forward and anti-Vietnam protests rage outside.

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Cast : 5M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-403-5 | 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
Golden Valley, The / Song of the Seals
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Golden Valley, The / Song of the Seals

Dorothy Hewett
 
The Golden Valley
A play for children in which a family of bush creatures adopt twelve-year-old Marigold.

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Song of the Seals
A play for children in which the orphaned Willow makes her home near the half human, half seal 'Selchies', who are fighting to save Mystery Bay from Marlin Prawn and his ‘One Big Deal’. Music by Jim Cotter.

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Cast : The Golden Valley - 4M, 4F / Song of the Seals - 4M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-106-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Inner Voices / Albert Names Edward
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Inner Voices / Albert Names Edward

Louis Nowra
 
Inner Voices
The son of Catherine the Great, who has been locked away since childhood, is set upon the throne of Russia knowing only his name. Music by Sarah de Jong.
 
   Also available in Plays of the 70s Volume 3

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Albert Names Edward
A black comedy that demonstrates Nowra's early preoccupation with isolation and the exercise of power through imagination. An amnesiac takes shelter with an urban hermit.

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Cast : Inner Voices - 10M, 3F / Albert Names Edward - 2M
Performance Rights : HLA Management Pty Ltd - hla@hlamgt.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-078-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Kenny's Coming Home
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Kenny's Coming Home

Ned Manning
 
Kenny’s Coming Home is a play with music that celebrates life in Sydney’s Western suburbs.

The Green family escape inner-city Sydney in the early 1990s for a better life out west. Dad grows zucchinis and involves himself in local politics. Aunt Dorothy and Mum find the community they have been missing in the big smoke. Son Kenny leads the Panthers to rugby league glory and is ordained a local legend as a result. Daughter Kim is caught between a rock and a hard place as she tries to make sense of her teenage years.

All hell breaks loose when the local MP drops dead playing squash. Dad decides to seek pre-selection for the Labor Party and tries to co-opt Kenny for support. The family are opposed to his plans. Then they start actively campaigning against him …

‘Kenny’s Coming Home is a shining example of community theatre [...] The political agenda of Ned Manning’s play is serious: the loss of humanist ideals, the sacrifice of principles to pragmatism, but the message that comes through the music and the production is that it’s all in the cause of a foot-tapping, broad-grinning, hand-clapping good time.’   Bob Evans,
Sydney Morning Herald (1991)

              
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Cast : 3F, 2M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-596-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Man from Mukinupin, The
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Man from Mukinupin, The

Dorothy Hewett
 
This comic musical play celebrates life in a country town at the time of the Great War, conjuring its light and dark sides into an old fertility dance.


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Cast : 6M, 8F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-917-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Nick Enright Songbook
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Nick Enright Songbook

Nick Enright
 
The Nick Enright Songbook brings together fifty of the best songs from ten musicals for which Enright wrote the lyrics; and the music of five gifted composers—Terence Clarke, Glenn Henrich, Alan John, David King and Max Lambert. The book includes songs from The Venetian Twins, Variations, Summer Rain, Buckley’s!, Orlando Rourke, The Betrothed, Mary Bryant, The Good Fight, Miracle City and On the Wallaby.

Across this work, Enright’s characteristic use of Australian imagery and language shine brightly, intertwined with the themes of resilience, lost love and religion that are familiar in his work. Together the songs display the proficiency and craft he brought to the Australian musical theatre.

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Currency Press | 978-1-92500-517-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Pete the Sheep
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Pete the Sheep

Eva Di Cesare et al
 
Shaun the Shearer just wants to give smokin' haircuts to sheep; it's his calling. Unfortunately the other shearers on the station don't like Shaun's new-fangled ways – he even has a sheep-sheep instead of a sheep-dog! Cast from his shearing role, Shaun and his partner Pete the Sheep set up their own creative hair salon in town. Before long word is out and all the sheep in town are down for a do, and maybe even the big boys too!

Adapted by the team at Monkey Baa from the picture book by Jackie French and Bruce Whatley, Pete the Sheep is a lively and mischievous award-winning musical about individual expression, for young and old.

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Cast : 4M (Doubling)
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-543-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Poor Boy
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Poor Boy

Matt Cameron and Tim Finn
 
Jeremy Glass is an untroubled little boy until his seventh birthday, when he suddenly announces that he is really a grown man called Danny, who died some years before. How can his parents indulge his conviction that he must find his real family? And how can his eerie insistence on his true identity not resurrect painful memories for Danny’s widow?
   
With songs from Tim Finn adding expressionistic commentary on the action, Matt Cameron’s Poor Boy delivers a supernatural story steeped in loss, anguish and redemption.

Published in conjunction with Melbourne Theatre Company.


   Awards
  • 2009 VIC Premier's Literary Awards - Best Musical Theatre Script (shortlist)
   Resources
   Review
  • How rewarding to rummage through Matt Cameron’s mind. What a find. A true original. - The Age

Cast : 4M, 4F, including 1 boy
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-850-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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