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After an extensive period of writing for film, Louis Nowra returned to the stage with
The Boyce Trilogy, an epic saga about the Boyce family, a family made wealthy through property development.
The Woman with Dog's Eyes
Introduces us to the Boyce family as they gather to celebrate the parents’ 40th
wedding anniversary. Inspired by events that traumatised Sydney’s Moran family, the play explores the universal themes of family, love and disappointment.
The Marvellous Boy
Unwraps the story of this notorious Sydney family. Malcolm Boyce is dying at a time when his biggest building project—and so his whole empire—is threatened by protesters. He hires an important criminal, the charismatic Ray Pollard, to threaten his enemies. Malcolm gets his son, Luke, to liaise with Ray. Luke not only falls under Ray's spell but also finds himself involved with his father's mistress. The results are tragic. This story follows Luke from detachment into an emotional involvement that will be liberating and then shattering as the consequences of his and his father's moral duplicity emerge.
The Emperor of Sydney
The three sons fight for control of the company as their father lays dying in the master bedroom above the huge Beauchamp mansion living room. The company is near bankruptcy because of a huge stalled project (their father's personal vision) and they are facing a criminal investigation into the father's role in the suspicious death of the project's outspoken critic.
Cast : The Woman with Dog's Eyes - 4M, 1F / The Marvellous Boy - 5M, 1F / The Emperor of Sydney - 3M, 2F
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Louis Nowra was born in Melbourne. His plays include
Page 8 (with David Page),
The Woman With Dog's Eyes, The Marvellous Boy, The Emperor of Sydney, Inner Voices, Visions, Inside The Island, The Precious Woman, Sunrise, The Golden Age, Capricornia, Byzantine Flowers, The Watchtower, Summer of the Aliens, Cosi, Radiance, The Temple, Crow, Miss Bosnia, The Incorruptible, The Jungle and
The Language of the Gods. He has translated
The Prince of Homburg, Cyrano de Bergerac and
Lulu for the stage. He has also written the libretti for
For television he has written
Displaced Persons, Hunger and
The Lizard King and for film
Map of the Human Heart, Cosi, Heaven's Burning, Radiance, K-19: The Widowmaker and
Black and White. His radio plays include
Albert Names Edward, The Song Room, The Widows, Sydney and
The Divine Hammer.
Other writings include nonfiction works
The Cheated, Warne's World and
Walkabout (in Currency's Australian Screen Classics series); four novels
The Misery of Beauty, Palu, Red Nights and
Abaza; and two memoirs,
The Twelfth of Never and
Shooting the Moon.
Nowra has won multiple awards and prizes, and lives in Sydney.
For a rich guide to understanding more about the work of Louis Nowra visit the 'What I wrote'
series website where you can download Teacher's Notes, watch a trailer for the DVD and read information on the authors.
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