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car crash in the Central Desert. A broken man, about to leave his wife. A woman
miscarrying her first born child.
Broken entwines the stories of three complex
lives as they unfold on a single fateful night in the heart of the Northern
of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the Northern Territory Literary
Award for Best Script and the Victorian Prize for Literature,
with matters of chance, choice, hope and fate – posing the question: When you
find yourself empty, how do you start again?
is exquisite writing. It’s immediate. It’s lean. It’s poetic. It’s visceral. It
takes you right into the heart of the experiences it describes.’ Andrew Bovell, from his introduction.
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MARY ANNE BUTLER is a Darwin based playwright whose play
Broken won the
2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Drama, the 2014 NT Literary
Award for Best Script and was shortlisted for the 2014 Griffin Theatre
Broken premiered to a sold out season at Browns Mart Theatre
[March 2015] with a 2016 Sydney season at Darlinghurst Theatre Company.
Highway of Lost Hearts
premiered at the 2012
Darwin Festival to a sold out season with a 2013 Browns Mart Theatre
return season by demand, and a 2014 three-month national tour [Artback
NT]. In 2015 it was adapted to a four-part radio series for Radio
National’s Radio Tonic.
Mary Anne’s feature screenplay
Hopetown won the 2012 Birch Carroll and
Coyle Screenwriting Award, and her stage play
Dragons won the 2010
Darwin Festival Script Award. Mary Anne was awarded month-long Bundanoon
residencies for playwriting in 2016 and 2010.
Mary Anne is a 2014 Churchill Fellow, member of the Australian Writers’
Guild Playwrights’ Committee, peer advisor to the Australia Council for
the Arts and co-Artistic Director of Knock-em-Down Theatre Company
[Darwin/Brisbane]. She holds a Masters in Arts Education and a Master of
Philosophy [Creative Writing].