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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
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
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
Secret River, The
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Secret River, The

by Kate Grenville

An adaptation for the stage, by Andrew Bovell
 
Convict William Thornhill, exiled from the stinking slums of early 19th century London, discovers that the penal colony offers something that he never dared to hope for before: a place of his own. A stretch of land on the Hawkesbury River is Thornhill’s for the taking. 

As he and his family seek to establish themselves in this unfamiliar territory, they find that they are not the only ones to lay a claim to the land. The Hawkesbury is already home to a family of Dharug people, who are reluctant to leave on account of these intruders.

As Thornhill’s attachment to the place and the dream deepens, he is driven to make a terrible decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

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Cast : 13M, 7F (doubling possible), 4 children, 1 musician
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-500-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Staging Asylum: Contemporary Australian Plays about Refugees
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Staging Asylum: Contemporary Australian Plays about Refugees

CMI (A Certain maritime Incident) / The Rainbow Dark / The Pacific Solution / Halal-el-Mashakel / Journey of Asylum - Waiting / Nothing but Nothing

Edited by Emma Cox
 

'While the theatre stands up for the despised, Australian culture and decency are not yet dead.’  Thomas Keneally

The first of its kind, this timely anthology brings together six contemporary Australian plays that offer a range of narratives and perspectives on asylum seekers. A vexed issue within the Australian community—particularly among politicians, who often use asylum seekers to further their own ends—this collection contributes to Australia’s ongoing discourse on unauthorised asylum seekers, immigration detention, border control and the right to belong.

This eclectic collection includes CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) by version 1.0, a smart, ironic verbatim work that deals with the Children Overboard Affair and the SIEV X disaster; The Rainbow Dark by Victoria Carless, a surreal domestic satire about immigration detention; The Pacific Solution by Ben Eltham, which takes armchair cricket commentary as a point of departure for a farce about the Howard government’s excision of migration territory; Halal-el-Mashakel by Linda Jaivin, which looks at the friendship between two detained asylum seekers; Journey of Asylum – Waiting devised by Catherine Simmonds, a series of vignettes based upon the personal experiences of asylum seekers and refugees living in Melbourne; and Nothing But Nothing by Towfiq Al-Qady, an autobiographical play about childhood and war.

With a main Introduction as well as separate introductions to each play by Editor and Drama Lecturer Dr Emma Cox, Staging Asylum recognises the crucial role that theatre has played—and continues to play—in one of Australia’s most hotly debated and urgent contemporary issues.


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Cast : CMI (A Certain maritime Incident): 9M, 3F, doubling possible / The Rainbow Dark: 1M, 3F / The Pacific Solution: 3M, 1F / Halal-el-Mashakel: 2M, 1F / Journey of Asylum - Waiting: 20M, 13F / Nothing but Nothing: 1M, 1 musician
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-983-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Stray / Parricide, The
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Stray / Parricide, The

Rosemary Johns / Diane Stubbings
 
Stray
A Homeric Odyssey told from the perspective of a stray dog as he journeys through Melbourne’s urban landscape. Raw performance, a designed soundscape and an epic and poetic text combine to create an extraordinary adventure.

The Parricide
St Petersburg, Russia, 1866. Nihilist revolutionaries have taken to the streets and the rule of the Tsar is under threat. In a small flat, Fyodor Dostoyevsky grafts out a novel for an unscrupulous publisher; it isn’t the novel he wants to write, but he is under contract, so he works. All the time, though, he is haunted by a story from his past—that of a parricide, a young man who kills his father. As the characters in his imagination take shape around him, he finds himself forced to choose between rebellion and repression, authority and chaos, passion and love.

Cast : Stray: 3 actors, non gender specific ; The Parricide: 5M, 4F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-509-7 | Sales rights: World, excluding Aus/NZ | PB
Triptych
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Triptych

Bona Mors/Fight or Flight/Run Rihanna Run

Olivia Hewson/Jessica Bellamy/Lachlan Philpott
 

Triptych – A Trilogy of New Works explores the world of pressure and success. From our youngest moments to our dying day we all encounter pressure in our lives. Pressure to survive, to be strong, to win, to make the right decisions, to forge the right path, to be successful – but what does ‘being successful’ even mean?

With mental health becoming an increasingly prominent issue for young people, Canberra Youth Theatre has teamed up with three of contemporary theatre’s most dynamic writers to explore these questions in eclectic ways.

Featuring brand new works from AWGIE award-winning playwright, Lachlan Philpott— Silent Disco, Truckstop;  Rodney Seaborn Playwrights Award-winner, Jessica Bellamy— Sprout, Bat Eyes; and emerging Canberran playwright, Olivia Hewson— A Frogs Body, Retrieval.

Triptych – A Trilogy of New Works was commissioned by Canberra Youth Theatre with the support of ActewAGL and ACT Health.

 

Cast : 2M, 5F; 3M, 8F; 2M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-503-5 | Sales Rights: worldwide | PB
Voices Project 2014, The
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Voices Project 2014, The

Bite Me

Jake Brain et al.
 

The Voices Project 2014: Bite Me is a collection of seven-minute monologues tailored for young adult actors.

Thirteen delicious tales by some of the country’s best emerging playwrights, Bite Me is the latest instalment of The Voices Project—the overwhelmingly successful annual program of monologues developed by ATYP , written by young people, performed by young actors around the country, and seen by over a million people globally online as we bring the monologues to life on film as well as on stage.

This collection of thirteen monologues serves a mouth-watering banquet of work exploring our relationship with food . Funny, warm, irreverent and cheeky, this is a celebration of the complexity and contradictions of young lives. Bite Me is a feast for the senses.

Featuring:  Pip Nat Georgie by Jory Anast; Tell Me by Jake Brain; Sweet Sour by Sophie Hardcastle; The Language of Love by Kim Ho; Sweet in the Savoury, by Tasnim Hossain; Something I Prepared Earlier by Julian Larnach; Dig in Dean by Zac Linford; Facon by Felicity Pickering; Hunger by Brooke Robinson; Eating Sunshine by Emily Sheehan; That Daniel by Joel Tan; Food Baby by Kyle Walmsley and George by Kier Wilkins.

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-507-3 | Sales Rights: worldwide