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Checklist For An Armed Robber  

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In 2002, a young man rehearses for his first armed robbery on a bookstore in Newcastle. On the other side of the world, Chechen rebels hold siege of the Moscow Theatre, demanding liberation. One is a local, small time theft and the other an international political crisis, but both are born of a similar futility and powerlessness to be heard.

Moving back and forth between Moscow and Newcastle, these real events are the basis for this exploration on what drives such acts of terror and the impact they hold on the victims - the perspective from both ends of the gun.


  • 2006 VIC Premier’s Literary Awards - Louis Esson Prize (shortlist)
  • 2006 Griffin Award (shortlist)
  • 2006 ANPC/New Dramatists Award (shortlist)
  • 2005 AWGIEs - Best Radio Adaptation
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Cast : 2M, 2F
Performance Rights : Elizabeth Troyeur & Associates Pty Ltd -

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-863-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB


VANESSA BATES has written successful plays for theatre, television, film and radio. She has been an affiliate playwright of the Sydney Theatre Company with plays also produced by Griffin Theatre and NIDA. Her work has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Patrick White Playwright Award .

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