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AWGIE Awards 2017: 25th August

Congratulations to all the winners at this year's AWGIEs! And what a fun night. Special congratulations to our authors Finegan Kruckemeyer for the Theatre for Young Audiences award, Lachlan Philpott and Noelle Janaczewska, joint winners of the Community and Youth Theatre award, Angela Betzien for the Children's Theatre Award, and Leah Purcell, for the Stage award AND 2017 David Williamson Prize AND the 2017 Major award for The Drover's Wife. Well done all!

The Drover's Wife wins book of the year at NSW Premier's Literary Awards!

Leah Purcell's stark retelling of Henry Lawson's short story by the same name took audiences by the throat when it was staged for a brilliant premiere season at Belvoir in 2016. The Drover's Wife has now won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, for best drama and also book of the year! This is the first time in the award's history that best book has been awarded to a play. Our most hearty congratulations to Leah. The accolades are well-deserved. We're proud to publish this book.

The Drover's Wife has gone from success to success. I ts other awards include:

  • Best Play and Best New Australian Work, Helpmann Awards 2017
  • Best Drama and Book of the Year, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2017
  • Best New Australian Work and Best Mainstage Production, Sydney Theatre Awards 2016 
  • Balnaves Foundation Indigenous Playwright's Award 2014


Here's the NSW Premier's Literary Award judges' comments about   The Drover's Wife :

Leah Purcell’s retooling of Henry Lawson’s story represents a seismic shift in postcolonial Australian playwriting. Once again we meet a drover’s wife, alone with her children in a harsh frontier landscape. But the snakes here are white, male and merciless. By placing two Indigenous characters at the heart of this version, the original is demythologised and subverted before being brilliantly remythologised.

Brave, ruthless and utterly compelling from the first image, this epic tragedy is a passionate howl of pain and rage, while simultaneously announcing itself as a declaration of war on Australia’s wilful historical amnesia. Purcell ranges across form and style, from western to horror to comic flourishes. Though relentless in its annihilation of hope,  The Drover’s Wife still allows the possibility of redemption.  Leah Purcell has made a bold and exciting contribution to Australian playwriting and, arguably, to Australia’s identity.

You can get The Drover's Wife from bookstores and online. Order a copy today!

Ladies Day shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Awards

Alana Valentine's play  Ladies Day  was shortlisted for this year's NSW Premier's Literary Awards for Drama. Congratulations to Alana for a wonderful play, which premiered at Griffin Theatre Company in 2016. 

You can get  Ladies Day from leading bookstores and also online.  Order a copy today!

The Bleeding Tree now available from Currency Press

Angus Cerini's play  The Bleeding Tree has won a full range of theatre and literary awards. Premiering at Griffin Theatre Company to critical acclaim, the play then returned to Sydney Theatre Company in 2017 for a sell-out season. 

Currency has published a new edition of  The Bleeding Tree, along with an introduction by Diana Simmonds from StageNoise. 

This story of three fierce females fighting back won the Griffin Award, an AWGIE Award, a Helpmann Award, a Sydney Theatre Award, and the NSW Premier's Literary Award. The play script is available in bookstores and online.  Order your copy here.

Classic Best-sellers

Top-selling plays of all time from Currency Press.






No Sugar by Jack Davis  |   Away by Michael Gow  |   Cosi by Louis Nowra

The Shoe-Horn Sonata by John Misto  |   Stolen by Jane Harrison

Honey Spot by Jack Davis  |   Two Weeks with the Queen by Mary Morris

Boy Overboard by Patricia Cornelius  |   Bombshells  by Joanna Murray-Smith

Jasper Jones by Kate Mulvany   |   Ruby Moon by Matt Cameron

The Secret River by Andrew Bovell  |   Summer of the Seventeenth Doll by Ray Lawler

Hitler's Daughter by Monkey Baa Theatre Co  |   Parramatta Girls by Alana Valentine

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  • Dancing to His Song: The Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer by Jane Freebury. Available on iTunes here.
  • Jandamarra by Steve Hawke. Available on Google Play here.
  • The Secret River by Andrew Bovell. Available on Google Play here.
  • Staging Asylum , a play collection edited by Emma Cox. Available  on Google Play here
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