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Alice in Wonderland
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Alice in Wonderland

Mary Anne Butler
 
Lewis Carroll’s whirling, fantastical masterpiece is faithfully and beautifully recreated as a non-stop, madcap theatrical adventure for the whole family. This classic kids’ tale is now an all-new Australian adaptation by multi award-winning playwright Mary Anne Butler.


Cast : 4F, 7M + extras (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-192-6 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Barbara and the Camp Dogs
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Barbara and the Camp Dogs

Ursula Yovich and Alana Valentine
 
I want to be extreme
Unreasonably rude

I like to spit and scream

Inappropriately crude

I drink St Agnes Brandy

In a paper cup with ice

And when I’m feeling randy

Don’t expect me to be nice

High maintenance me

Real piece of work you see

A troublesome stunt

instincts of a ….
Wild, unpredictable, and deeply vulnerable, Barbara and her sister René are singing for their lives. Barbara’s been trying to make it in Sydney, but when their mother’s health deteriorates, the sisters embark on a pilgrimage back home to country. Full of painful, unfinished business for Barbara, their return sends her into a downward spiral. Can Barbara find a way to resolve the past in time to preserve love in the only family she has known?

Through music that ranges from punk-inspired explosions of rage, to tender rock and soul ballads full of yearning, Barbara and the Camp Dogs is a gob-spit of fun, frenzy and family that finds beauty in honesty and hope in confronting the past.

Cast : 2F, 2M, 3 musicians
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-044-8 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Bowerbird
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Bowerbird

The art of making theatre drawn from life

Alana Valentine
 
‘Mostly it feels like you don’t know—like you’re reaching for something that you can’t quite grab. Some writers talk about their fear of the blank page, but the playwright who draws work from life can have the opposite problem. Spoilt for choice. Presented with myriad possibilities and competing ideas of how to condense the source material or arrange it in a theatrically dynamic, original and compelling way. Lost in a sea of options, yet perversely obsessed with the interview not done, the perspective not transcribed, the final piece of the jigsaw forever elusive. And it’s not about a lack of confidence, although that can hum away in the background for longer than you might expect. It’s about not trying to have clarity. It’s about waiting until you do.’

So begins Bowerbird, a journey through the life and plays of Alana Valentine, as well as the creative process behind the plays. One of Australia’s most inventive playwrights, Alana shows the power of bringing new audiences into our theatres to share the space with traditional audiences, detailing how to gather and transform lived experience into compelling drama. In Bowerbird she reveals the motor of her artistry by combining stories from her life with observations from her experience.

‘Bowerbird is written with all the humanity, wisdom, humour and generosity that we recognise and love in Alana Valentine’s work. This is much more than a guide for aspiring writers: this is a book for anyone who loves theatre, its power and its people.’  Neil Armfield AO

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-567-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Carmilla
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Carmilla

A ghost story for theatre

Adam Yee
 

You are afraid to die? Yes, everyone is!

But to die as lovers may – to die together, so that they may live together?

Carmilla is a ghost story for theatre, enmeshing spoken word and through composed music for live chamber orchestra. This adaptation of Sheridan Le Fanu’s controversial 1872 gothic novella explores violence, transgressive sexuality and the fragile boundary between the living and the dead.

Cast : 4F, 2M + musicians
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-230-5 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Contemporary Australian Monologues for Men
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Contemporary Australian Monologues for Men

Currency Press
 
'This is particularly out of character for me.'

Monologues are a crucial element of theatre, for actors and students alike. From high school study to professional auditions and performances, the monologue exposes the heart of a play and the capacities of the performer.

The monologue should be relevant to the performer, and a revelation to the audience. This new collection brings together 30 monologues from contemporary Australian plays. These voices—from ages 14 to 84, from the 1880s to the near future—showcase the best of our national writing for the stage.

Featuring monologues written by:

JANE BODIE  •  ANDREW BOVELL  •  KIT BROOKMAN  •  NICHOLAS BROWN & SAM McCOOL •    PATRICIA CORNELIUS  •  BRENDAN COWELL  •  EAMON FLACK  •     RICHARD FRANKLAND  •  MICHAEL GOW  •  R. JOHNS  •  RASHMA N. KALSIE  •  FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER •  SUZIE MILLER  •  ROSS MUELLER  •     LUKE MULLINS & LACHLAN PHILPOTT  •  KATE MULVANY & CRAIG SILVEY   •     TOMMY MURPHY & TIMOTHY CONIGRAVE  •  JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH  •     LACHLAN PHILPOTT  •  LEAH PURCELL  •  MELISSA REEVES  •  DAMIEN RYAN  • MATTHEW RYAN  •  STEPHEN SEWELL  •  KATHERINE THOMSON  •     CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS  •  ALANA VALENTINE  •  MATTHEW WHITTET

Ebook available on:

                         

Currency Press | 978-1-76062-177-3 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Contemporary Australian Monologues for Women
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Contemporary Australian Monologues for Women

Currency Press
 
'One eye closed, the other locked on my target.'

Monologues are a crucial element of theatre, for actors and students alike. From high school study to professional auditions and performances, the monologue exposes the heart of a play and the capacities of the performer.

The monologue should be relevant to the performer, and a revelation to the audience. This new collection brings together 30 monologues from contemporary Australian plays. These voices—from ages 14 to 84, from the 1880s to the near future—showcase the best of our national writing for the stage.

Featuring monologues written by:

DONNA ABELA  •  JADA ALBERTS  •  ANGELA BETZIEN  •  ANDREW BOVELL  •  MELISSA BUBNIC  •  MARY ANNE BUTLER  •  JUSTINE CAMPBELL & SARAH HAMILTON  •  STEPHEN CARLETON •  KATHERINE THOMSON, ANGELA CHAPLIN & KAVISHA MAZZELLA  •  ELIZABETH COLEMAN  •  PATRICIA CORNELIUS  •  WESLEY ENOCH  •  JANE MONTGOMERY GRIFFITHS  •  RASHMA N. KALSIE  •  DANIEL KEENE  • FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER  •  SUZIE MILLER  •  KATE MULVANY & CRAIG SILVEY  •  TERENCE O’CONNELL  •  DEBRA OSWALD  •  LACHLAN PHILPOTT  •  LEAH PURCELL  •  CAROLINE REID  •  DAMIEN RYAN  •  SAMAH SABAWI  •  STEPHEN SEWELL  •  NINNA TERSMAN   •  ALANA VALENTINE 

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Currency Press | 978-1-76062-176-6 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Deceptive Threads
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Deceptive Threads

David Joseph
 

A singing spy, a hawker’s lie…

How do you reconcile a family history littered with secrets?

Deceptive Threads tells the extraordinary true stories of David Joseph’s grandfathers—one a Tivoli singer turned ASIO spymaster who vetted ‘unwanted’ arrivals, the other an early Lebanese immigrant who had to lie about his birthplace to gain Australian naturalisation.

In this award-winning solo show, Joseph explores race, belonging, history, and national identity to theatrically illuminate the personal in the political. Deftly untangling the threads linking his family’s connection to Australia’s racist past and its present dilemma over asylum seekers, he explores the nexus between the government control of immigration and the ‘unwelcome’ immigrant.

 

Reviews

‘Not to be missed.’ Artshub

‘An engaging story enacted with flair and imagination.’ Arnold Zable

‘Exquisitely crafted … sincere, genuine, moving work, full of heart and integrity.’  Stage Whispers

Cast : 1M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-236-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Ellida
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Ellida

A new translation of Henrik Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea

May-Brit Akerholt
 

You can’t stop me from choosing. You can keep me here by force. You have the power to do that. But my choice comes from deep inside me…

What does it mean to be free? To be truly independent?

Ellida, a lighthouse keeper’s daughter— is living a life of quiet desperation with her husband Dr Wangel in a coastal fjord town when a stranger from her past arrives, upsetting the fragile equilibrium she and Wangel had created.

In Ellida, Henrick Ibsen further explores themes found in his earlier work, challenging and exposing the conventions of marriage and society with biting satire, subtle humour and an ending that raises as many questions as it resolves.

Are we creatures of the land? Creatures of the sea? Or creatures of habit?

The pull of the tide meets the stability of the land in this fresh adaptation by May-Brit Akerholt of Ibsen’s The Lady From the Sea. Questions of freedom and responsibility, conformity and independence, emotion and rationality prove as startlingly contemporary and relevant as when Ibsen first penned the play in 1888.

Cast : 3F, 5M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-231-2 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Good Cook. Friendly. Clean
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Good Cook. Friendly. Clean

Brooke Robinson
 

Where do you go when you don’t have a home?

Coming home one night, Sandra learns she has two weeks to move out. It’s nothing personal, her housemates just have a friend who needs somewhere to stay. No choice but to pack up and find another sharehouse. But Sandra is in her 50s and affordable places are hard to find in the ruthless Sydney rental market.

In one interview after another, she contorts herself into the shape of what she thinks people want in a housemate. But with each rejection she becomes increasingly desperate, losing control of her life in frighteningly simple ways.

  Reviews

“Playwright Robinson has identified something so ugly but so accurate, about modern Australia, and the reflection she offers up through the mirror of her play, is so hideous, it is almost unbearable to watch. We do of course, find ourselves mesmerised by the car crash scenario, a human catastrophe unfolding before our eyes, powerfully directed by Marion Potts who never once lets us off the hook.”   Suzy Goes See

Cast : 2F, 1M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-207-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.
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Good Cook. Friendly. Clean.

Brooke Robinson
 
PUBLICATION MAY 2018

Where do you go when you don’t have a home?

Coming home one night, Sandra learns she has two weeks to move out. It’s
nothing personal, her housemates just have a friend who needs somewhere to
stay. No choice but to pack up and find another sharehouse. But Sandra is in her
50s and affordable places are hard to find in the ruthless Sydney rental market.
In one interview after another, she contorts herself into the shape of what
she thinks people want in a housemate. But with each rejection she becomes
increasingly desperate, losing control of her life in frighteningly simple ways.
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-207-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
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