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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
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-513-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography
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Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography

Declan Greene
 

They met online. She’s a nurse in her forties, brats for kids, trapped in a loop of catastrophic debt. He’s in IT, miserably married and trapped in his own loop of nightly porn-trawling. Both of them crave something else – but not necessarily each other.

Take the plunge into the Too-Much-Information Age. Funny and fiercely written, Eight Gigabytes of Hardcore Pornography is a deceptively compassionate cringe-comedy of mid-life loneliness, hidden zip folders and barely concealed desperation.

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Cast : 1M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-512-7 | Sales rights: Aus/NZ and Asia only | PB
Good Audition Guides, The
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Good Audition Guides, The

Contemporary Monologues for Men

Trilby James
 
Drawing on her experience as an actress and teacher at RADA, Trilby James has selected fifty monologues for men taken from NHB’s list of the best new writing in contemporary drama including works by Howard Brenton, Jez Butterworth, Caryl Churchill, Alexi Kaye Campbell, Helen Edmundson, Ella Hickson, and Tracy Letts.

Each speech is prefaced with an easy-to-use guide to Who is speaking, Where, When and To Whom, What has just happened in the play and What are the character’s objectives. Each volume also carries a user-friendly introduction on the whole process of auditioning.
Nick Hern Books, UK | 978-1-85459-563-8 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ only | PB
Highway of Lost Hearts
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Highway of Lost Hearts

Mary Anne Butler
 
A woman. A dog. A campervan. And 4,500 kms of wide open road.

Mot wakes up one morning to find that her heart is missing from her chest. She can breathe; she has a pulse—but she feels… nothing.

So, she decides to go and look for it. With her Dog enlisted as co-pilot, Mot heads down the Highway of Lost Hearts: into the deepest core of the Australian outback—navigating red dirt landscapes, fire and flood, brittle dry-ness, vast salt lakes, age-old mountains and murky waters filled with lost souls.

An allegory for a country that’s lost its heart, Highway of Lost Hearts is half gritty road journey, half magic realism and all heart. It leaves you pondering the question: when your heart goes missing, what lengths will you go to, in order to find it again?

Cast : 1F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-508-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Jandamarra
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Jandamarra

Steve Hawke
 
Jandamarra is a legend of the Bunuba people. He led one of the longest and most successful campaigns to defend Aboriginal country in Australian history before being gunned down while still in his twenties.

This is his story, as told by Steve Hawke and developed from the stories of the Bunuba people and from the book,   Jandamarra  and the Bunuba Resistance by Howard Pedersen and Banjo Woorunmurra. Following his journey into manhood and his attempts to escape his family and culture before becoming a leader for his people,   Jandamarra   seamlessly combines traditional storytelling, dance and song in a culturally illuminating, emotionally stirring and linguistically captivating reimagining of his story.

From child to a mystic resistance leader, Steve Hawke has written a superb portrayal of the famous Aboriginal rebellion leader and his spiritual awakening.   Jandamarra   is a work integral to understanding Australian history and the conflicts that have shaped our national identity.
Cast : 12M, 4F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-973-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Jump for Jordan
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Jump for Jordan

Donna Abela
 

“It’s like SBS in there. Aunt Azza comes out of customs, and mum transforms. Ultra Arab. Instantaneous. One minute she’s cooking Frank steak and chips, next thing she’s asking me where to buy goat. Frank won’t eat goat.”

Aspiring archaeologist Sophie left home when she was only 20, much to the shame of her traditional Jordanian mother. Six years later, losing sleep and petrified by the judgement of her visiting ‘mad Arab’ Aunty Azza, Sophie is forced to lie about her life, her career and the existence of her Aussie partner. Worst of all is the fear that she’s also lying to herself.

Looking deep into the heart of Sydney and beyond, Jump for Jordan unpacks the experience common to countless second-generation Australians of being caught between two cultures. Sifting through shifting layers of past and present, farce and fantasy, it’s one woman’s mad, messy excavation of her own history, and her attempt to piece together the broken bits of her identity. Donna Abela’s Jump for Jordan took out the Griffin Award in 2013, wowing the judges with its vitality and ambition.

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Cast : 2M; 10F; doubling possible
Performance Rights : elizabeth@troyeur.com.au
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-505-9 | Sales Rights: worldwide | PB
Kelly
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Kelly

Matthew Ryan
 
Ned Kelly is about to hang for his crimes. But his final night in prison is interrupted by the arrival of his brother Dan, disguised as a priest. Supposedly killed at the Siege of Glenrowan, Dan is intent on moving north to Queensland and forgetting his past. To do so, he needs Ned’s blessing and forgiveness. But the last time they saw each other, Dan tried to shoot Ned dead.

So begins a brutal confrontation by two titans of Australian history. Facing the sins of their past, each blames the other for their downfall. And neither will escape unharmed.


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Cast : 3M
Performance Rights : http://www.kublerauckland.com/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-987-0 | Sales Rights: worldwide | PB
Once in Royal David's City
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Once in Royal David's City

Michael Gow
 
Will Drummond is bewildered. All the old certainties are coming apart. His parents are suddenly old, theatre is not what it used to be, people around him are losing their minds and losing faith, the world is shrinking, and what does it even mean to live in a society any more?

Once in Royal David’s City is big and small at once, tumbling from the fifties to the present, from West Berlin to Byron Bay, from brief encounters to the cycles of history. It is about mothers and sons, lost innocence, omnipresent death. It is about rage. It is about the brilliant possibilities of theatre.

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Cast : 4M, 4F
Performance Rights : admin@shanahan.com.au
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-504-2 | Sales Rights: Aust/NZ/Asia only | PB
Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor
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Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor

Alana Valentine
 
The inmates of The Girls Training School, Parramatta had about as hard an upbringing as you can get in Australia. But theirs is also one of the great untold stories of making good in tough times.

Parramatta Girls
Based on the testimony of dozens of GTS old-girls and this vibrant play is a joyous and harrowing dramatisation of the experiences of eight inmates and their reunion forty years later. Interspersed with song and storytelling, this is a tribute to mischief and humour in the face of hardship and inequality.


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Eyes to the Floor
Chronicles the experience of girls sent from Parramatta Girls Home to the Hay Girls Home for even more brutal, punitive treatment. Written to be played by young adults, this moving work emphasises the childish vulnerability of the inmates in a world where they must find connection with each other in order to to survive. Artfully woven with movement, chorus work and poetry, it is a compelling companion work to Parramatta Girls.


Cast : Parramatta Girls: 8F / Eyes to the Floor: 7F, 4M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-516-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Rupert
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Rupert

David Williamson
 
In his latest play Rupert Australia’s best known and multi-award winning playwright David Williamson tackles the rise and rise of ex-Australian citizen and one of the planet’s most powerful, influential and feared men, Rupert Murdoch. 

Spanning most of Murdoch’s lifetime—from his early student days at Oxford to the most recent phone hacking scandal that rocked News Corp.—Williamson asks who the real Rupert Murdoch is and tries to uncover what makes this complex and fascinating character tick. In the process Williamson peels back the façade and we glimpse the character of an ‘apex predator’ who almost single-handedly built a media empire that spans the entire globe.


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Cast : 43M; 16W doubling possible
Performance Rights : Cameron Creswell - info@cameronsmanagement.com.au
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-501-1 | Sales rights: AUSTRALIA only | PB
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