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A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il
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A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il

Kit Brookman
 
"Rabbits don't talk Mr Wertheim. They keep their stupid mouths shut or they get whacked on the head with a shovel... learn to be a rabbit."

Johann's super-sized rabbits are his pride and joy. Much to his surprise, the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea has taken a special interest, and will stop at nothing to get his hands on them. When a bungled undercover rescue mission transports Johann to North Korea, he finds himself, and the bunnies he betrayed, in a bit of a stew.

Preposterously based on a true story, A Rabbit for Kim Jong-il is a cunning comic thriller spanning two continents. Crammed with secret-agents, espionage, double-crossings and a giant rabbit named Felix, the play is also a pointed parable about betrayal and forgiveness, greed and regret.
Cast : 3M; 2F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-548-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Aftershocks
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Aftershocks

Paul Brown and the Workers Cultural Action Committ
 
A moving documentary play drawn from the traumatic recollections of members of the Newcastle Workers' Club, which was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake.


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Cast : 7M, 9F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-650-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
And No More Shall We Part
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And No More Shall We Part

Tom Holloway
 
After a long and successful marriage, Pam and Don are still very much in love. But Pam is ill and has to make a heartbreaking decision that will transform both their lives. She does so in the only way she knows how – quickly, pragmatically, and resolutely. Don behaves in the only way he knows how – struggling to keep up but desperate not to lose touch.

And No More Shall We Part follows Pam and Don’s halting, humorous and devastating attempt at the impossible – to begin to say goodbye to each other after a lifetime together.


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Cast : 1M, 1F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-904-7 | Sales rights: worldwide (except UK & Europe) | PB
Angela's Kitchen
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Angela's Kitchen

Paul Capsis, with Hilary Bell and Julian Meyrick
 
In 1948, Angela left Malta. Having gathered up five children, she sailed out on the Strathnavar, leaving poverty and the war behind.

Her destination: Australia. In Surry Hills, she could build a bright new life.

If only she could first learn the language, finish shoring up their dilapidated house, find new friends, get the racist neighbour off her back and keep her son away from sly grog queen Kate Leigh’s kids.

Back in Malta, someone else has made a journey. Making his way along Kalkara’s glistening harbourside, a young man with flowing black hair has returned to claim his past. Paul Capsis is walking home.

A journey that begins at a kitchen table becomes a sprawling family history and a fitting tribute to a much-loved matriarch.


   Awards
  • 2012 Helpmann Awards - Best New Australian Work
Cast : 1M or 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-946-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Antigone
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Antigone

Adapted by Jane Montgomery Griffiths

Sophocles
 

Antigone has always been a respected member of her community but in civil war all bets are off. She suddenly finds herself on the outside looking in. Everyone has a right to bury their dead. Everyone has a right to give their loved ones a dignified resting place. Yet when the community leaders decide that they need to set an example, they deny Antigone her right to mourn. Faced with the prospect of unresolved grief, she rebels against everything she knows. Her fate is mandated: either fall in line or be outcast forever.


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DR JANE MONTGOMERY GRIFFITHS is Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance at Monash University, and former Convenor of Monash's Classical Studies Program. She combines academic research and teaching with professional practice as a theatre maker. She has had an extensive career as an actor both in Australia and the UK, performing with theatres including the RSC, Cambridge Theatre Company, Bell Shakespeare Company and Belvoir. As a writer, her plays include Saphho...in 9 fragments (nominated for the Victorian and NSW Premiers' Literary Awards), An Ox Stand on my Tongue (Winner of an R E Ross Award and PWA development place) and Sectioned (ABC RN).
Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-559-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Antigone / Cyrano de Bergerac
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Antigone / Cyrano de Bergerac

Damien Ryan
 
Who here can tell what law we owe the dead?

Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, is a child of war. Thousands of years ago she asked a question: What do we do with the body of the enemy, when this enemy is our brother?

Damien Ryan’s new adaptation of Sophocles’ classic takes the conflicts of ancient Thebes and wrenches them passionately into the present. This story of war and its aftermath is a powerful yet vulnerable allegory about one of history’s most famous families.

Sport for Jove’s production of Antigone won seven Sydney Theatre Awards in 2016.

'[Brings the original] whole and unharmed and germane into the now.' —Diana Simmonds, StageNoise

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It stays with me, one thing… my panache!

Cyrano de Bergerac is convinced that his outrageously-sized nose will forever stop him from being loved by Roxane, his intellectual and beautiful friend. But Roxane is in love—with Christian, a handsome yet inarticulate soldier in Cyrano’s regiment. Together, Christian and Cyrano make a flawless human.

Edmond Rostand’s original 1890s tragicomic French masterpiece is the unique romance that brought the word ‘panache’ into the English language. This new adaptation by Damien Ryan brings the action forward to WWI, where Cyrano is a war poet like no other.

Sport for Jove’s production of Cyrano de Bergerac won three Sydney Theatre Awards in 2013.

Review

‘It’s an absolutely inspired adaptation, which soars with the poetry and pathos of Rostand’s original... It’s robust, lively, joyous and very funny, as well as deeply humane and poignant.'  Jo Litson, Limelight (Read the full review here)

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Cast : 5F, 5M + chorus and musician; 14F, 38M doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-086-8 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays
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Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays

The Gay Divorcee/Furious/Blood and Honour/What Do They Call Me?/Mates/Pinball/Is That You Nancy?

Bruce Parr (ed)
 
The printed edition of Australian Gay & Lesbian Plays is no longer available. The individual plays in the collection are available as eBooks only.

A collection of gay and lesbian themed drama.

The Gay Divorcee , by Margaret Fischer
Weaving together the language of fairytales with the psychodrama of modern lesbian relationships, Margaret Fischer explores today’s challenges with yesterday’s wisdom and a touch of Jewish humour.


Furious
, by Michael Gow
A family secret, a terrible betrayal and an obsession to rewrite the past combine in an explosive cocktail of fact and fiction. This is Michael Gow’s most uncompromising play.


Blood and Honour , by Alex Harding
Racism and homophobia are explored in the relationship between a white Australian, Colin, and his Asian lover, Michael. The language of the stage elevates their dialogue with Colin’s mother to a hyper-real and hilarious performance of ideas.


What Do They Call Me? , by Eva Johnson
Coming to terms with both lesbian and Aboriginal identity are at the heart of Johnson’s three monologues, which each present a different view of the impact of legislation from the 1940s to 1970s on Aboriginal people.


Mates , by Peter Kenna
An old bloke from the bush revisits an old haunt, to find it has been transformed. He meets a young, gay singer on the verge of suicide. The scene is set for a confrontation with the singer's closeted lover and the bushie's memories of youth.

              


Pinball , by Alison Lyssa
An entertaining drama from 1980 written in defense of women facing judges who make the presumption that a lesbian parent is likely to be harmful to a child.

              


Is That You Nancy? ,  by  Sandra Shotlander
This lively and literary play links lesbians of the past with those of the present in a delightful tapestry of telephone calls between Gertrude Stein, her friends and her fans.

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-455-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Australian Women's Drama: Texts and Feminisms
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Australian Women's Drama: Texts and Feminisms

Vocations / The Chapel Perilous / Historia / Murras / Remember / The Forty Lounge Cafe / Running Up a Dress

Peta Tait & Elizabeth Schafer (eds)
 
A collection of plays that charts some of the shifts in feminist thinking over the past twenty-five years and features some of Australia’s most renowned female dramatists.

Vocationsby Alma De Groen
Two women, a writer and an actress, must try to separate their vocations from the nesting instincts of their mates.
The Chapel Perilous,  by Dorothy Hewett
The painful and sometimes farcical life of a defiant young poet, Sally Banner, as she attempts—through her school days, lovers, marriage and politics—to extract meaning from her environment. Music by Frank Arndt.


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Historia,  by Noëlle Janaczewska
A lesbian love affair between the Polish-born Zosia and the Australian Zoe invokes a powerful reconsideration of the boundaries placed around ethnicity and nationality, cyberspace and real time, and the past and the present.


Murras,  by Eva Johnson
An Aboriginal woman, Ruby, struggles against hostile and racist society. She loses her husband to alcoholism induced by despair at the loss of his land and culture; and she loses her house under authoritarian governmental rehousing policies. She must face other terrible things, too, but the tragic events of her life are offset by her courageous strength. 


Remember,  by Jenny Kemp
Sustaining a tension between a mundane domesticity and the surreal, exotic projections of Moderna’s inner world, Remember  investigates the long-term consequences of the experience of rape. 

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The Forty Lounge Cafe , by Tes Lyssiotis
A lyrical family story spanning three generations and two worlds. 

Running Up A Dress , by Suzanne Spunner
A collage of performed selves, this play depicts the ‘wear and tear’ on mother-daughter relationships through linguistic exercises on the extended metaphor of dressmaking. 
Cast : Vocations - 2M, 2F + extras / The Chapel Perilous - 3M, 2F / Historia - 2M, 2F / Remember - 2M, 3F / The Forty Lounge Cafe - 9F (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-497-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Barassi
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Barassi

Tee O'Neill
 
Barassi is the story of a champion Australian Rules footballer and coach, Ron Barassi. Barassi’s premiership footballer father wore number 31 in the 1940 VFL Grand Final and was later killed as a soldier in Tobruk. He left a small boy who dreamed of one day being just like his father. That same boy was developed into a champion by a loving, but no-nonsense mother and a formidable foster father, Norm Smith. 

This is the story of the boy who becomes the legend, and who shapes the mighty game we know as Australian Rules Football—our indigenous game, the game that demands courage, skill, determination, innovation, selflessness, and the bit of 31 that is in us all.



Cast : 7M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-959-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Bastard Boys
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Bastard Boys

Sue Smith
 
Bastard Boys is the story of the fight that stopped the nation—the 1998 battle for Australia's waterfront. More than just a dispute over reform, it became a campaign for the hearts and minds of all Australians. Controversial, all-consuming and combative, it forced people to pick a side and fight for their beliefs. Political thriller, war film, buddy movie, love story and courtroom drama all rolled into one, this is the story of the people behind one of the most significant events in Australia's recent past.

Iconic Australian actors Jack Thompson and Colin Friels lead an outstanding cast that includes: Geoff Morrell, Dan Wyllie, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon and Lucy Bell.

Bastard Boys has been written with the cooperation and participation of all parties to the dispute. It is the first time participants such as former Patrick CEO, Chris Corrigan and ACTU Secretary, Greg Combet have agreed to tell their stories.

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  • The world of the wharves, the boardrooms and war rooms are places most of us will never visit or understand. Bastard Boys takes us there, makes sense and great drama all at once. It’s amazing. Ruth Richie, Sydney Morning Herald

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-809-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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