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Concussion
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Concussion

Ross Mueller
 
Tragedy is an incident, comedy will be our landscape.

Somewhere in a busy city, a man wakes to discover he has forgotten his life. He has no memory of the past and no clear sense of the present.

He is concussed. Or so he is told by a doctor—who may also be his partner. Now there are flashes of something. Hunger, mourning, sexual appetite... Bob Dylan? But why isn’t he in hospital? And what of the voices, the Blackberry, the brothers? The hammer?

A comedy with attitude, Concussion explodes a simple conceit and scatters its achingly funny and filthy tales of the city like shrapnel.

 

   Review

Mueller is surely one of the most intelligent, formally adventurous and emotionally brave playwrights now writing in this country. - Theatre Notes

Cast : 5M, 2F (doubling required)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-855-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Falling Petals
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Falling Petals

Ben Ellis
 
Something strange is happening in the country town of Hollow—a mysterious syndrome that seems to strike only the young. The town is quarantined, schools are closed and fences go up. Guards patrol new enforced borders, but amongst the townsfolk denial runs deep. Part science-fiction, part satire, Falling Petals is a darkly humorous fable about the consequences of a culture of disposable youth and it also blasts the urban/rural fissure open.


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Cast : 2M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-784-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Girl Asleep
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Girl Asleep

Matthew Whittet
 
Caught in the headlights of her 15th birthday, Greta wishes she could be anywhere else. And strangely enough ‘anywhere else’ is exactly where she finds herself – a peculiar Through-the-Looking-Glass existence that transforms the weird hypocrisy of the adult world into something absurdly beautiful. The bitchy twins who make school a misery, her almost too-romantic imaginary boyfriend, her hyperventilating parents … they all crop up in her tour of her own subconscious. But eventually, even a girl asleep has to wake up.

From the wry, warm and wonderfully distinctive voice of Matthew Whittet comes a play about being lost in the jungle of teenagerdom and coming out the other side.

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Cast : 10F, 5M + extras (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-572-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Holiday
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Holiday

Raimondo Cortese
 
A holiday. A time for conversation and distraction, a time to wind down and to dream...  

In a moment of relaxation and quiet reflection, two men unwittingly engage. Spontaneous, unaffected and thrillingly real, innocent discussion becomes an exploration of private fantasy, hidden anxiety, personal mythology and the most inexplicable behaviour.

What lies behind the most unconscious gesture? How do power struggles play out in the politest of exchanges? Is there hope in the blank spaces between strangers?

An extraordinary blend of performance, humour, sound, video installation and baroque song, Holiday is theatre at its most inspirational.


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  • Holiday is great theatre — funny and light as air on the surface, with philosophical depths that will niggle you long after you leave. -  The Age

Cast : 2M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-854-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Lantana
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Lantana

Andrew Bovell
 
When a woman disappears, four marriages become entangled in a web of love, deceit, sex and death. Who will survive? 

Based on Bovell’s own award-winning play, Speaking in Tongues, Lantana is an intriguing drama about love, infidelity, mistrust and mistakes. 

Review
A literate, densely layered, seamlessly constructed script … a moody, intensely emotional thriller. -  If Magazine

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-659-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Michael Swordfish
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Michael Swordfish

Lachlan Philpott
 
'You read about those kids who know they don't belong. They are in some kind of prison until they turn 18, stuck in the backseat of the car between two kids who do belong.'

What would happen if someone you knew disappeared? How would you react? How would your school react? An assembly called, a footy game postponed, a class interrupted. But who is Michael Swordfish? And who knows where he’s gone?

For two years award-winning playwright Lachlan Philpott collaborated with students from Newington College, Sydney, to bring their voices and worlds to life. Michael Swordfish is the exciting product of this collaboration: a play that traverses the tumultuous landscape of the teenage experience with a sober truth and darkly comic voice.

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Cast : 9M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-083-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Red Sky Morning
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Red Sky Morning

Tom Holloway
 
Three family members, three monologues, one day, and a heartbreaking tragedy of miscommunication. 


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  • Play of the year...succeeds on every level...Tom Holloway's script is tight - hilarious and frequently heart-rending. -  The Sunday Age

Cast : 1M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-905-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Speaking in Tongues
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Speaking in Tongues

Andrew Bovell
 
Two couples set out to betray their partners... 

A lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone... A woman disappears and a neighbour is the prime suspect... Contracts are broken between intimates and powerful bonds are formed between strangers.

In Andrew Bovell’s masterfully interconnected polyphony, an evocative mystery unravels at the same time as a devastating tale of disconnection between individuals, partners and communities.

Cast : 2M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-903-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ & Asia | PB
Tender
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Tender

Nicki Bloom
 
Nicki Bloom’s astonishing first play is a haunting examination of love, loss and grief.

Sarah can’t remember what happened in the gardens. Her memory is fractured, her husband Michael seems barely present and her parents-in-law, Yvonne and Patrick, are losing patience. What is it that she has lost and can she get it back?

As we jump between events before and after that fateful night in the gardens it becomes clear that the scars that Sarah carries run deep.

   Review
  • Tender offers a moving exploration of the nature of intense love: in the living and in the memory, and in the everyday. - Mark Hopkins, SMH

Cast : 2M, 2F
Performance Rights : Shanahan Management - admin@shanahan.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-836-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
The Hanging
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The Hanging

Angela Betzien
 
‘We’re a circle. We’re forever. For eternity.’

Three teenage schoolgirls go missing in Melbourne’s hinterland. The clock is ticking, the search is on. One of the girls turns up days later. Confused and unkempt, she has no apparent memory of what happened and where her friends are. Sound familiar?

The Hanging is a gripping thriller that questions the frequently-occurring spectre of the missing girl in the Australian bush. Its mystery is a postmodern study of social panic and what lies hidden, just out of reach.

Reviews:

'One of the most exciting things to happen in Australian playwriting.' ****½ Daily Review

'An extraordinarily well-executed psychological thriller.' **** Limelight Magazine

'The Hanging is special... for Betzien’s lyrical, irresistible script [and] its absorbing mystery.’ **** Time Out Sydney
Cast : 2F, 1M
Performance Rights : The Yellow Agency
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-050-9 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
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