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After Dinner
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After Dinner

Andrew Bovell
 
An acutely observed but tender-hearted account of relationships and behaviour in a suburban pub bistro on a Friday night.

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Cast : 2M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-518-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Holy Day
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Holy Day

Andrew Bovell
 

On the white frontier in mid-nineteenth century Australia, a lone, bloodied woman arrives at a traveller’s rest in the midst of a violent desert storm with a shocking story to tell. Aborigines have allegedly murdered her husband and stolen her infant child. But an Aboriginal woman has a different story to tell. What would cause a missionary’s wife to lie? What chance does the word of an Aboriginal woman have against hers?

A chilling mystery that draws together the lives of four extraordinary women and their men, all struggling to survive in a hostile and misunderstood landscape.


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Cast : 4M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-740-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Lantana
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Lantana

Andrew Bovell
 
When a woman disappears, four marriages become entangled in a web of love, deceit, sex and death. Who will survive? 

Based on Bovell’s own award-winning play, Speaking in Tongues, Lantana is an intriguing drama about love, infidelity, mistrust and mistakes. 

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A literate, densely layered, seamlessly constructed script … a moody, intensely emotional thriller. -  If Magazine

Currency Press | 978-0-86819-659-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Platform Papers 52
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Platform Papers 52

Putting Words in Their Mouths: The playwright and screenwriters at work

Andrew Bovell
 

This is the third of The Professionals, an occasional series within Platform Papers that hands our stage to our senior artists to tell their story. Andrew Bovell is one of Australia’s finest writers for performance. His play  Speaking in Tongues was internationally successful before being adapted into his ground-breaking movie  Lantana (2001). Other plays include  Holy Day,  When the Rain Stops Falling and his multi-award-winning adaptation of Kate Grenville’s masterly novel,  The Secret River. His latest acclaimed work is  Things I Know to be True (2016) a family drama at present drawing packed houses in the UK. In this paper he reflects on his diverse body of work and shares the influences upon it—growing up in Western Australia, his apprenticeship in Melbourne’s independent theatre scene—before he was catapulted into an international career with the film  Lantana (2001). He writes about the fervent friendships, collaborations and debate out of which his plays grew, and the politics that drove them.

‘I want every piece I write to be different from the ones that preceded it,' he writes. 'I want to venture into new ground each time I write a play.’

Currency House | 978-0-99461-304-2 | PB
Speaking in Tongues
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Speaking in Tongues

Andrew Bovell
 
Two couples set out to betray their partners... 

A lover returns from the past and a husband doesn’t answer the phone... A woman disappears and a neighbour is the prime suspect... Contracts are broken between intimates and powerful bonds are formed between strangers.

In Andrew Bovell’s masterfully interconnected polyphony, an evocative mystery unravels at the same time as a devastating tale of disconnection between individuals, partners and communities.

Cast : 2M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-903-0 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ & Asia | PB
The Secret River
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The Secret River

by Kate Grenville

An adaptation for the stage, by Andrew Bovell
 
Convict William Thornhill, exiled from the stinking slums of early 19th century London, discovers that the penal colony offers something that he never dared to hope for before: a place of his own. A stretch of land on the Hawkesbury River is Thornhill’s for the taking. 

As he and his family seek to establish themselves in this unfamiliar territory, they find that they are not the only ones to lay a claim to the land. The Hawkesbury is already home to a family of Dharug people, who are reluctant to leave on account of these intruders.

As Thornhill’s attachment to the place and the dream deepens, he is driven to make a terrible decision that will haunt him for the rest of his life.

The Secret River is now available as an enhanced eBook, for more information follow this link.

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Cast : 13M, 7F (doubling possible), 4 children, 1 musician
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-500-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Things I Know to be True
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Things I Know to be True

Andrew Bovell
 

Bob and Fran Price have loved each other for thirty years. They have built a home and raised four strong children. At the end of it all, they are left asking: Was it worth it? Who are we, now that the children have gone? 

Things I Know to be True is a funny and honest account of family life in the Australian suburbs. Over the course of one year, the four adult Price children struggle to establish their identities and deal with personal crises. 

This new classic play by Andrew Bovell ( Lantana, The Secret River, When the Rain Stops Falling) is about growing up and moving on, even if you’re not ready to.

'A thing of beauty, exquisitely observed. An absolute gem.' Daily Telegraph

'An intricate, inventive study of family life.' Evening Standard

'Tender, physical and deeply relatable.' Guardian

'Genuinely haunting and fervently recommended.' Independent

'Gently magical.' Times


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Cast : 3F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-045-5 | Sales Rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
When the Rain Stops Falling
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When the Rain Stops Falling

Andrew Bovell
 
Alice Springs in the year 2039. A fish falls from the sky and lands at the feet of Gabriel York. And it still smells of the sea. It’s been raining for days and Gabriel knows something is wrong.

Fifty years earlier his grandfather, Henry Law predicts that fish will fall from the sky heralding a great flood which will end life on earth as we know it.

In an intricate, multi-layered story that spans four generations and two continents, When the Rain Stops Falling explores patterns of betrayal, abandonment, destruction, forgiveness and love. This powerful drama unfolds with humanity, surprising humour and hope, as the past plays out into the future.

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Cast : 5M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-928-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Who's Afraid of the Working Class?
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Who's Afraid of the Working Class?

Andrew Bovell, Patricia Cornelius, Melissa Reeves, Christos Tsiolkas & Irine Vela
 
Five plays are intertwined in one in this story of fringe dwellers, living in an age of social, economic and moral deprivation. Mostly without work, and politically disengaged, they work at survival.

'With intelligence, well-judged humour and the searching qualities of truly memorable theatre, the play peels away political propaganda and notions of correctness to present a candid, difficult, searing portrait of the poor and marginalised.'  SMH

Who's Afraid of the Working Class? was adapted into the film, Blessed.

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Cast : 10F, 9M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-524-0 | Sales Rights: worldwide | PB