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Boy Overboard
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Boy Overboard

Patricia Cornelius / Morris Gleitzman
 
A story of adventure, ball control and hope.

Jamal and Bibi have a dream. To lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins. Can Jamal and his family survive their incredible journey and get to Australia?

Adapted for the stage by Patricia Cornelius from Morris Gleitzman's best-selling novel, Boy Overboard depicts a deeply human side of the 'asylum seekers' issue by following the journey of Jamal and Bibi from Afghanistan to Australia. Based on real life events, this is a moving play about young people overcoming the confusion of war, politics and the search for a safe haven.

 

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  • Morris Gleitzman’s excellent unsparing novel for young adults in an accurate, theatrically imaginative and robust staging adaptation by Patricia Cornelius, deals with both the money grubbing and perilous mechanics of a refugee journey and the eternal hunger of hope. - Stephen Dunne, Sydney Morning Herald

Cast : 9M, 6F (doubling possible)
Performance Rights : Cameron Creswell - info@cameronsmanagement.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-807-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Cornelius
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Cornelius

J B Priestley
 

As bankruptcy looms, the ever - optimistic Jim Cornelius, partner at import firm Briggs and Murrison, is fighting to keep his creditors happy and his spirits up. Tensions rise with the arrival of Judy, the beautiful, young typist who shows Cornelius the life he could have led...

Written for Ralph Richardson in 1935, Priestley observes the politics and tensions of daily office life with searing wit and humanity in this hilarious and heart - breaking story of friendship, unrequited love and business. 



Cast : 3F, 12M (doubling)
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-84943-500-0 | Sales: Australia/NZ only | PB
Critical Studies Collection: Patricia Cornelius
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Critical Studies Collection: Patricia Cornelius

Currency Press
 
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Patricia Cornelius is one of Australia’s most awarded and celebrated playwrights. She is known for her confronting plays that often deal with people living on the margins of society, struggling with poverty and prejudice. The Sydney Festival 2017 showcased three of Patricia’s plays, as well as a discussion with Festival Director Wesley Enoch.

This collection contains seven pieces of criticism on Cornelius’ plays SHIT, Who’s Afraid of the Working Class?, Do Not Go Gentle, The Berry Man and LOVE, written by Julian Meyrick, Hilary Glow, Tom Holloway, Susie Dee and Cornelius herself. Read Cornelius through her eyes, and through the eyes of her peers in theatremaking.

This is the first title in the Critical Studies Collection by Currency Press. Each title in the collection showcases an Australian playwright or a theatrical theme, through written criticism and audiovisual material. The sources range from recent publications through to rare books that are currently out of print. Complete with source listings and recommended further reading, this series is the ideal guide for students and teachers of theatre from the HSC to tertiary study.
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-126-1 | ebook only
Do Not Go Gentle... / The Berry Man
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Do Not Go Gentle... / The Berry Man

Patricia Cornelius
 
Do Not Go Gentle...
In this wondrous play, Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition is a metaphor for the elusive journey of five elderly people facing the final leg of their journey. Scott's passage across the Antarctic, as he confronts a landscape of ice and perilous weather, powerfully parallels their courage and inevitable defeat. Yet with unbroken spirit, this funny, angry, defiant group grapple with the big questions of life as they rage against the dying of the light.



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The Berry Man
The Berry Man is a searing indictment of the consequences of war, with the humour and fragile, flawed characters that are a trademark of Cornelius' writing. Eric, a Vietnam vet, has inherited a farm but struggles to grow a single crop. Marjorie, his fiercely independent but troubled neighbour, is unaware of the wartime horrors that plague him. And there's Joey, a mysterious young man whose appearance prevents Eric from moving on. Then Fish arrives. A fellow vet holding onto the idea of mateship, he forces Eric to confront his memories and Marjorie to have the courage to follow her dreams before it's too late.

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Cast : Do Not Go Gentle - 3F, 5M, (doubling possible) ; The Berry Man - 1F, 3M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-907-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Muff / MinusOneSister / SHIT
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Muff / MinusOneSister / SHIT

Van Badham / Anna Barnes / Patricia Cornelius
 

A passionate and unflinching collection of three award-winning plays by and about women, featuring an introduction by Alison Croggon.


In Muff by Van Badham, the wounds of an horrific event are re-opened as Eve tries to navigate a friendship with her ex and his new partner. The play uses both grim sadness and dark humour to challenge perceptions of feminism and self-image in the prism of sexual love. Winner of the 2015 NSW Premier’s Award for Drama in 2015.

‘An intelligent, challenging, deeply thoughtful and highly original piece of work. In a world where gender relationships remain the minefield they always were, and where male violence towards women remains writ large … this is a play for our time and a groundbreaking piece of theatre.’ NSW Premier’s Award judge's report

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Anna Barnes’ MinusOneSister is a contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ classic tragedy, Electra. The teenage siblings take the stage, and loyalties are challenged as each confronts their own grief and guilt. Barnes challenges patterns of blame that persist today when dealing with violence and sexuality. Winner of the 2013 Patrick White Playwrights’ Award.

‘Barnes has tapped into something essential and immediate about young women, about anxiety and terror and anger and a constant, destructive lack of control over their own bodies and lives.’  Time Out

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Patricia Cornelius’ SHIT is rife with ugliness. Billy, Bobby and Sam speak with the voices of those who’ve survived foster care, institutionalisation, and neglect. They love no one and no one loves them. They believe the world is shit, that their lives are shit, that they are shit. Winner of the 2015 Green Room Awards for Independent Theatre: Best Production and Best Writing and shortlisted for the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Award for Drama.

‘Cornelius looks deep into the hearts and minds of those who have been pushed aside, and finds contradictions that are at once complex, difficult, admirable and scary.’ – Ben Neutze, Daily Review

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Currency Press | 978-1-76062-000-4 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
The Call
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The Call

Patricia Cornelius
 
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Funny, disturbing and bittersweet,  The Call is an enthralling drama about a young man looking to escape a suburban life.

Gary stares into the eyes of a chook. After laying twenty thousand eggs and spending an entire life inside a tiny cage, she’s facing the chop.

Gary has had a confined life too—most of it spent looking for girls, stealing cars and wagging school. Now it’s become a succession of dull, dirty and dangerous jobs.

But Gary yearns for something that can make sense of life for him—give it meaning. He hears the call. One that roars inside him. A call of the wild, a call to arms, a call to prayer, a call of adventure...


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Cast : 8M, 2F - including 1 boy (doubling possible)
Performance Rights : Cameron Creswell - info@cameronsmanagement.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-856-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | 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