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A Strategic Plan
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A Strategic Plan

Ross Mueller
 
"Failure is not on the whiteboard."

Feel like you’re drowning in paper work? Beaten by the impenetrable weight of office bureaucracy? Adrift in a sea of jargon? You’re not alone. 

Andrew, former rock muso and new CEO of youth music organisation, Staccato, was parachuted in to save the company from oblivion. Mission accomplished, he’s setting his sights on implementing a bold, new strategic plan.

But the Board has unanimously scrapped the plan and neglected to tell Andrew, leaving him adrift in a world of KPIs, performance reviews and a General Manager who refuses to return from his holiday in Thailand.

A Strategic Plan is Geelong-based playwright Ross Mueller’s contemporary satire about office life, arts funding and the perils of following your heart. Hilarious, pointed and painfully observant, it’s sure to cut close to the bone for anyone who’s ever tried to make a difference at work.

           
Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-007-3 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
as told by the boys who fed me apples
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as told by the boys who fed me apples

R. Johns
 

Sandy was the only Australian War Horse to return home from World War I. This is his poignant and fragmented war story. Through Sandy we experience the lives of three men who fought in the war.

Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges is mortally wounded at Gallipoli, and Sandy is his charger. A veterinary officer is caught with Sandy behind the lines on the Western Front in a gas shell barrage. A ‘permanently unfit’ soldier becomes a groom and brings Sandy home. Each is affected by their symbiotic relationship with the horse.

This unique, poetic piece of theatre captures the brutality of war and the heroism of the soldiers and horses who served.

Sandy is the horse full of wattle who drank the waters of the Murray in bucketloads, and who danced with bogong moths.

He is our connection to all those left behind.


Cast : 4M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-052-3 | Sales Rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Cold Light
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Cold Light

Adpated from the novel by Frank Moorehouse

Alana Valentine
 
Here comes Edith Campbell Berry, fresh from International acclaim at the League of Nations, handsome British diplomatic husband in tow. Look out 1950’s Canberra, she’s on her way to the top. Or is she?

The League was after all a failure, and hubby dear is a secret cross dresser and her long lost brother is a Communist agitator watched by a fledgling ASIO. Maybe those dreams of renewed diplomatic honour might take longer than she thinks to materialize. A lot longer. And so to be ‘acceptable’ she consults the Book of Crossroads, bungles her inner life, remarries badly, and compromises her career options.  

An epic story of national significance, Cold Light surveys the transformation of Australia from the post-WWII Menzies era to the mid-1970’s Whitlam government and asks timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference.


Cast : 4F, 19M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-049-3 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Dramawise Reimagined
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Dramawise Reimagined

Learning to manage the elements of drama

Brad Haseman/John O'Toole
 
AVAILABLE 17th MARCH 2017

‘In drama, we are the creators. Like in a skeleton, the bones of drama only work together. The human context—the situation, the people and their relationships—are the flesh. The body is given shape and animated by the way we focus those basic elements, and how we place them in space and time. We breathe life into the body through the story and the tension we create, and we give it language and movement to express itself, clothing the drama with its mood and symbols.’

In 1987, Brad Haseman and John O’Toole released Dramawise, a dynamic guide to drama education. This book stands as a definitive text for teachers, students and drama practitioners, shaping many classroom programs and curricula at a state, national and international level. Dramawise Reimagined is the successor. It reaches beyond the original concepts, offering newly challenging drama activities that reflect complex questions in today’s society.

The result is a complete coursebook for students and teachers of secondary-school drama, featuring activities that thoroughly detail each element of drama. This is done using process dramas and plays from the wider world. Practical drama activities are supported with in-depth discussion of each of the elements of dramatic form, as well as traditional and contemporary dramatic meanings and approaches to play-making contextualised by the elements of theatre.

See the Dramawise Reimagined official website with blog, workshop information, competitions and more.

Read more about Dramawise Reimagined, and see a page sample here.


Currency Press | 978-1-92500-589-9 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Endangered: Three Plays
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Endangered: Three Plays

Justine Campbell/Sarah Hamilton et al.
 

Three plays that make a powerful statement on Australia’s relationship with the environment in the shadow of global warming.

They Saw a Thylacine by Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton

Out of the darkness, Justine Campbell and Sarah Hamilton conjure the ghost of one of Australia’s lost beauties, the thylacine. With all the suspense of a campfire story, these feisty, funny women weave a lyrical tale of adversity and extinction. For this thylacine tracker and this zoo keeper’s daughter, it’s a quest not just to protect a threatened creature, but themselves. Rebellious and gutsy, these women face life and fight to survive.

Extinction by Hannie Rayson

Extinction delves deep into the heart of our own morals, choices and tightly-held convictions. Extinction wraps an important conservation message around a unique and personal human story. A wild, rainy night, a twist of fate and an injured tiger quoll bring together a passionate environmentalist and an unlikely Good Samaritan. Both are hell-bent on saving the species, but intentions are murky. What will be compromised in the quest to save the quoll? Nothing is black and white in this intriguing story about love, sex, money and power.

The Honey Bees by Caleb Lewis

As the world’s honeybees disappear, a family-owned apiary struggles to keep up with overseas demand. Driven by matriarch Joan’s iron will, the business continues to grow. And then Melissa arrives out of the blue. The Honey Bees is a tale of Family and Empire; Action and Consequences; and what happens when the bee finally stings.

 

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-587-5 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Intersection
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Intersection

Thomas De Angelis et al.
 
It's formal night and Jerry stands on a hill, high heels in hand. A young woman heads to a party dressed as a  blueberry. Stuart plays at the arcade to win a slime-green lava lamp instead of concentrating on the problem at hand. What connects them is not time, it's place

Intricately drawn by Australia's leading young writers, Intersection is a collection of short stories playing out across the same town, creating a glorious map of the connections we form and the experiences we have when we're seventeen.

Each year ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People) brings together 20 young writers from across the country, and challenges them to create stories that speak to the experience of being a young person in Australia, here and now.  Expanding on the popular Voices Project, Intersection features heartbreaking, funny and powerful interactions between characters coupled with complex and beautiful monologues to create a compelling snapshot of life at seventeen.
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-084-4 | Sales Rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Mark Colvin's Kidney
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Mark Colvin's Kidney

Tommy Murphy
 

A premiere Australian play based on actual events, showing just how startling real-life can be.

Mary-Ellen Field is a successful Australian business consultant in London–until she’s accused of betraying the secrets of her supermodel client to the press. Her life comes crashing down: her job, her health and her standing in society collapse. When it emerges that her client's phone had been hacked by reporters, Mary Ellen sets out to defiantly restore her reputation. 

But along the way, her ideas of redemption change–she’s been interviewed by a journalist on the other side of the world, and his story puts everything into a new perspective.

Cast : 9F, 19M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-001-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Mary Stuart
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Mary Stuart

A new adaptation by Robert Icke

Friedrich Schiller
 

Two queens. One in power. One in prison. It's all in the execution.

Schiller's political tragedy takes us behind the scenes of some of British history's most crucial days. Playing both Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart, Juliet Stevenson ( Duet for One) and Lia Williams ( Oresteia) trade the play's central roles, decided at each performance by the toss of a coin.

Review

'This astonishing political thriller premiered in 1800 but Robert Icke's stark, intense and riveting production brings it into the here and now... Now, in an act of extraordinary daring and courage, Lia Williams and Juliet Stevenson arrive on stage together not knowing which role they will be assigned, until a spin of a coin decides it for them... Chilling, thrilling production...' The Stage, (5 stars) 

Oberon Books Ltd, UK | 978-1-78682-025-9 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Michael Swordfish
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Michael Swordfish

Lachlan Philpott
 
Publication: May 2017

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.
Cast : 9M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-083-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Mr Takahashi and other falling secrets
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Mr Takahashi and other falling secrets

Sandra Thibodeaux
 

Darwin, 1942. A town collapses under the threat of invasion. Mothers and daughters, sisters, friends, and entire cultures are torn apart by the secrets that start to fall. Is Mr Takahashi to blame?

Japan unleashes a wave of attacks on Northern Australia, and Darwin is hit with more bombs than Pearl Harbour. Mr Takahashi turns the lens upon ordinary people caught in the storm that was World War II. It tells the stories of Darwin’s multicultural and Indigenous women whose lives were forever changed by the bombings of February 19.

Something’s wrong – the air is shifting.

It’s waiting …

Waiting for the tardy storms.

You could cut the humidity

with the sword of a Samurai.

Where is the Imperial Army?

Closer …

              

Cast : 11F + chorus
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-008-0 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
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