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Children of the Black Skirt  

Children of the Black Skirt $20.90 ex GST
$22.99 inc GST

A gothic fairytale for young people. Three lost children discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush and learn a history of Australia through the spirits of children who have lived there, from convict times, through to World War Two, the Stolen Generation and beyond.

An evocative play which explores history, reconciliation and the power of storytelling, Children of the Black Skirt has toured widely through schools and is a classroom favourite with teachers and students alike.



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Cast : 14M, 12F (cast of 3 possible with doubling)

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-760-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


ANGELA BETZIEN is an award-winning playwright. Her work includes Dog Wins Lotto (Queensland Theatre Company, 1997), Playboy of the Working Class (Queensland Theatre Company, 2001), The Suitcase (Real TV/Stage X Festival, 2001), Princess of Suburbia (Real TV, 2001), Kingswood Kids (La Boite Theatre, 2002), The Orphanage Project (Queensland Theatre Company, 2003), Children of the Black Skirt (Queensland Arts Council and Real TV, 2003) Hoods (Sydney Opera House:Ed and Regional Arts Victoria, 2006) Girl Who Cried Wolf (Arena Theatre, 2008, Windmill Theatre, 2011) The Dark Room (Black Swan, 2009), The Teenage Alchemist (Camp Quality, 2009). In 2011 Belvoir Theatre will present the N.S.W premiere of The Dark Room. Children of the Black Skirt , Hoods and War Crimes have been published by Currency Press. Betzien was awarded the prestigious Kit Denton Fellowship at the 2012 AWGIE Awards for War Crimes, as well as the 2012 QLD Literary Award for Best Drama Script.

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