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Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor  

Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor $27.27 ex GST
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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 childlike 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

Author

ALANA VALENTINE’s most recent award nomination is the Nick Enright Prize for Drama (NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, 2017) for Ladies Day. She is the recipient of two Errols (Tasmanian Theatre Awards, 2017) for The Tree Widows, which was awarded Best Writing (Professional Production) and the overall Judges’ Award for her ‘creative integration of community, culture and heritage’. Alana was also nominated for an Errol for Best Director (Professional Production) for The Tree Widows. In 2017 Alana is again working with Bangarra Dance Theatre as dramaturg on Bennelong, after successful collaborations on their productions Patyegarang and ID. Barbara and the Camp Dogs, co-written with Ursula Yovich, will be produced by Belvoir in December 2017. In November 2017, Venus Theatre Company (USA) will world premiere Alana’s play The Ravens. An extensive national tour of Letters to Lindy is planned for 2018. Alana’s website is www.alanavalentine.com.


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