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A Town Named War Boy
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A Town Named War Boy

Ross Mueller
 
"We hit Cairo like a train!... Every dirty little alley, every dusty back room bar. The pyramids are marvellous, but I could spend the rest of my days quite happily in the arms of your temptation."

Inspired by The State Library of New South Wales' jaw-dropping collection of World War I diaries and letters, A Town Named War Boy explores both the events of war and the impact it has upon soldiers and their families. Written with insight, humour and sensitivity, Ross Mueller's moving play brings the ANZAC legend to life.

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Cast : 4M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-539-4 | World | PB
Acts of Courage
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Acts of Courage

Roslyn Oades
 
Acts of Courage forges immediacy and honesty between a vast range of Australian stories, generating forgiveness and hope in the act. Oades’ unwavering loyalty to the words, sounds and silences of everyday conversations conveys a steadfast loyalty to the experiences and the people from which they come. This trilogy celebrates not only the Australian spirit through times of hardship, but everyday, extraordinary, acts of courage.

Stories of Love and Hate
Made in response to the 2005 Cronulla Riots, Stories of Love and Hate traces the lives and loves of the passionate people who were there.


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Fast Cars and Tractor Engines
Ordinary people tell extraordinary stories about the fight of their lives as cultures collide, punches are dodged and youthful confessions of love are shared ...


I'm Your Man
Set in a boxing ring I’m Your Man explores notions of masculinity, courage and respect.



Cast : Doubling possible for all plays. Stories of Love & Hate: 16M, 12F / Fast Cars & Tractor Engines: 7M, 10F / I'm Your Man: 16M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-525-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Almost with You
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Almost with You

Elizabeth Coleman
 
It’s 2007. At forty-five, Lisa is fighting growing feelings for Tom that threaten to rob her of Dan, the person she’s always loved most in the world. She wants Tom badly, but she can’t (or won’t) tell him about Dan, and Tom finds himself in a competition that he can’t possibly understand. As for Dan, he’s a cheeky, exasperating mystery: a twenty-year-old who lives in Lisa’s house and heart and is steeped in the style and the vibrant music of the British post-punk era.

Dan brings Lisa a joy she can’t bear to explain, but with her chance for a life with Tom slipping away, she must finally find the courage to let Dan go. It’s the most terrifying—and liberating—decision she’s made since a fateful night 25 years ago.

Taking its title from The Church song, Almost With You is written with Elizabeth Coleman’s customary wit, warmth and elegance. With flashbacks to the seventies and eighties lovingly captured, Almost With You is a funny and deeply affecting look at love, loss and letting go.


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Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-523-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Bleeding Tree, The
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Bleeding Tree, The

Angus Cerini
 
"Girls, I think your father's dead. I knocked his knees out. I conked his head. I shot that house clown in the neck."

In a dirt-dry town in rural Australia, a shot shatters the still night. A mother and her daughters have just welcomed home the man of the house - with a crack in the shins and a bullet in the neck. The only issue now is disposing of the body.

Triggered into thrilling motion by an act of revenge, The Bleeding Tree is rude, rhythmical and irreverently funny. Imagine a murder ballad blown up for the stage, set against a deceptively deadly Aussie backdrop, with three fierce females fighting back.

With his brutal, and brutally funny, wordplay, Angus Cerini won the 2014 Griffin Award for The Bleeding Tree. 


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Cast : 3F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-544-8 | World | PB
Caress / Ache
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Caress / Ache

Suzie Miller
 
A brilliant surgeon can no longer bear to touch the living. Two voices connect fleetingly over the phone. A desperate mother begs to embrace her son one last time. A young woman seeks atonement.

Disparate lives interweave, intersect, collide and connect in the most unexpected of ways in Caress / Ache. This is our world—where some long for the electrical charge of human contact, others flee it, and lives turn on the smallest moments of random intimacy.

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Cast : 3M, 5F
Performance Rights : info@rgm.com.au
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-533-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Cut Snake
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Cut Snake

Amelia Evans and Dan Giovannoni
 
Kiki, Bob and Jumper are best friends with extravagant and idiosyncratic dreams. Kiki wants to dance the tango on Mount Kilimanjaro with a bearded lady, Jumper is in love with a snake called Trix and Bob’s an ordinary bloke who might just hold the secret to time travel. Join them for the wild ride.

Cut Snake is a comedy about growing up, dying young, and being extraordinary no matter what.



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Cast : 1M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-521-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Dancing to His Song
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Dancing to His Song

The Singular Cinema of Rolf de Heer

Jane Freebury
 
Now available in print form or as an eBook

Currency Press and Currency House are proud to announce the joint publication of the first comprehensive study of the work of filmmaker Rolf de Heer, Australia’s acknowledged auteur. Famed for never repeating himself, de Heer first gained national attention in 1993 with Bad Boy Bubby, then Dancing to My Song and Alexandra’s Project. Today he is most widely characterised by his ‘accidental trilogy’ in partnership with the actor David Gulpilil— The Tracker, Ten Canoes and the recently acclaimed Charlie’s Country.

In 16 chapters film critic Jane Freebury searches for the sources of de Heer’s inspiration and finds the secret of his success in an ethic of hard work, flexibility and self-reliance that meets challenges with ingenuity and keeps a steady focus on his vision. His films are recognised by their wry humour, pleasure in the reversal of fortune and the unique landscape of Australia and its inhabitants. His remarkable career as an independent filmmaker has much to teach young producers and directors. Each chapter discusses a single film: its conception and making, actors and creative team, reception and consequences. Such a book is long overdue.

Watch Rolf de Heer talk about his career.

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Currency Press and Currency House | 978-1-92500-558-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | ePub & PB
Drama for Early Childhood
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Drama for Early Childhood

Katherine Zachest
 

The most comprehensive and detailed resource for early childhood and primary school teachers, Drama for Early Childhood includes:

  • Over 200 individual drama activities
  • 40 drama workshops
  • 5 chapters grouped by theme
  • Resource lists for each workshop
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Templates to help teachers create their own lessons

“This book is written for both beginning teachers looking to incorporate some drama into their curriculum and for experienced drama educators in need of some extra material for lessons. It is designed to be a practical resource and to become a teaching tool.” Katherine Zachest


 

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-531-8 | World | PB
Emerald City
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Emerald City

David Williamson
 

A fast-moving, wisecracking commentary on contemporary urban mores and morals, and the rivalries and passions to be encountered on the road to success. Colin, a screenwriter, and his wife Kate, a publisher, move to the ‘Emerald City’, where fame and fortune are there for the taking, but surprises are in store for them both.

Sharp-edged, satirical and accusatory, Emerald City lays into the materialism of the 1980s with a razor wit. Within four months of its premiere, five separate productions had opened around Australia.


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Cast : 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-526-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Everyman and the Pole Dancers
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Everyman and the Pole Dancers

Lech Mackiewicz
 
A family of three generations is guided through their last hours. With fear,  loathing and existential guilt all present in the perverse relationships, can Everyman realign these individuals so warped and deranged? Bizarre and fun yet hideously confronting, will Everyman lure everyone around a pole where  there is nothing a good dance won’t fix.


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Cast : 3M, 4F
Performance Rights : http://www.creativerep.com.au/
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-527-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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