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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
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
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 | 978-1-92500-512-9 | 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
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.

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


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Cast : 12M, 4F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-973-3 | 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
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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.


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