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After the Ball
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After the Ball

David Williamson
 
Stephen has, with ill grace, returned home to his mother’s deathbed. As he and his sister rake through the family photographs and childhood memories, they find conflicting versions of their parents’ unhappy marriage.


Cast : 3M, 6F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-537-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Amigos
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Amigos

David Williamson
 

In a moment of glory at the 1968 Olympics, an Australian rowing team known as 'The Four Amigos' won bronze. It was lifetime bonding material.

Or so it seemed. Thirty-five years later only two of the Amigos keep in touch. Jim is a wealthy banker with a young, beautiful wife and seems to have it all. His friend Dick, a heart surgeon, has something that Jim covets: a sterling reputation. When the two mates meet up in Port Douglas with their wives, they have competing personal agendas. Then Steven, a third Amigo, turns up, ready to expose the past.

A savagely funny play that hinges on the subtle aggression and unacknowledged dependencies of male friendship — and the angst and irritation created for those on the sidelines.


Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-746-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Birthrights / Soulmates
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Birthrights / Soulmates

David Williamson
 

Birthrights

A bittersweet play about motherhood.

At twenty-nine, Helen has a vital operation that stops her from having what she desperately wants: a child. Her younger sister Claudia gives her a wonderful gift when she agrees to be a surrogate mother. But what happens when, years later, Claudia discovers that she and her husband Martin cannot conceive and that Kelly, the child she gave to her sister, is the only baby she will ever bear?

 
   

Soulmates
\Williamson applies his merciless humour to the literary world in a play about the slippery business of books, authors, and the readers who love them both. Commerce competes with art; serious writing with popular writing.

Set in Melbourne and New York, this is a tale of revenge as the best-selling expatriate author Katie Best engineers a scheme to bring her most craven critic Danny O'Loughlin undone.

   

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Cast : Birthrights - 2M, 4F / Soulmates - 4M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-698-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Brilliant Lies
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Brilliant Lies

David Williamson
 
A serious comedy, Brilliant Lies is a stimulating contribution to the continuing debate on changing social values.

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Cast : 4M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-371-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Club, The
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Club, The

David Williamson
 

Williamson’s famous play about the uses and abuses of managerial power, which in 1976 foreshadowed the great changes that Australian football has since endured, proves even more prescient since the rise and fall of Super League. This is a play set behind the scenes, a head-on tackle of brawn versus bureaucracy.



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Cast : 6M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-013-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Dead White Males
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Dead White Males

David Williamson
 

Postmodernism verses liberal humanism—can an older male academic convert a young female student to a post-structural, post-patriarchal view of literature and seduce her at the same time?



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Cast : 6M, 5F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-443-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Don Parties On
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Don Parties On

David Williamson
 
Forty years ago, a young playwright muscled his way onto the scene with a clutch of time-defining plays, including Don’s Party. With this sequel, David Williamson celebrates four decades of telling the tribe their story.

It’s 21 August 2010, the night of yet another federal election and, of course, yet another election night party at Don’s place. Over the decades, as he and his friends watched governments come and go, they have also closely followed the incoming results from each other’s lives: the tallies of luck and misfortune, the unexpected swings for and against. And through it all, the lesson that this crowd of superannuated baby boomers never seemed to learn is that politics and strong personalities should never be mixed with alcohol.

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Cast : 4M, 5F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-908-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Don's Party
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Don's Party

David Williamson
 

It's election night 1969. Don and Kath, hope that there will be a change of government, and give a party to watch the results. As the tide turns against Labor, the good cheer palls and the faded ideals and disappointed hopes of the characters begin to show.

Williamson's brilliant satire examines a society on the threshold of emerging from a generation of comfortable, conservative political and social values.


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Cast : 6M, 5F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-530-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Emerald City
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Emerald City

David Williamson
 

A fast-moving, wisecracking commentary on contemporary urban mores and morals, and the rivalries and passions to be encountered on the road to success. Colin, a screenwriter, and his wife Kate, a publisher, move to the ‘Emerald City’, where fame and fortune are there for the taking, but surprises are in store for them both.

Sharp-edged, satirical and accusatory, Emerald City lays into the materialism of the 1980s with a razor wit. Within four months of its premiere, five separate productions had opened around Australia.


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Cast : 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-526-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Great Man, The / Sanctuary
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Great Man, The / Sanctuary

David Williamson
 

The Great Man
A volatile group gathers to plan the funeral of a Labor Party icon. They all claim to know the truth about him, but their recollections are coloured by their own interests.

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Sanctuary

An investigative journalist returns to Australia to retire. But the peace is broken by a visit from a student working on his biography.

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Cast : 4M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-633-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Influence / Operator
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Influence / Operator

David Williamson
 

Influence
Ziggy Blasco knows how to turn fear into hate. A talk-back host whose power rests in his influence over his audience, he fills Sydney’s airwaves with his appeals to a particular brand of 'common-sense', his hard stance on terrorists and his lashings at political correctness. But in the private sphere, Ziggi’s influence is fading away. A scathing and bitingly funny play about the media personalities that dominate our lives and the divisions that can shatter families.

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Operator
Young, charming and a go-getter, Jake is the ideal candidate for an executive position with a thriving local company. He’s welcomed aboard by his hard-working boss (the company’s smug CEO) and co-worker Melissa, who has all the intelligence, industry and integrity Jake lacks.

For Jake has a secret weapon: his skills at exploiting, manipulating and manoeuvring would put Machiavelli in the shade. He’s the Operator.


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Cast : Influence - 3M, 4F / Operator - 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-759-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Jack Manning Trilogy, The
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Jack Manning Trilogy, The

Face to Face / A Conversation / Charitable Intent

David Williamson
 

Australia’s most popular playwright explores community conferencing—a process which brings together the victims and the perpetrators of a crime in an attempt at some kind of reconciliation.

Face to Face
When Glen comes face to face with the employee who rammed his Mercedes, he must acknowledge some responsibility for a series of incidents which helped provoke the crime.


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A Conversation
Focuses on community conferencing. It revolves around the confrontation between the family of a rapist and murderer and the family of his victim.


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Charitable Intent
Focuses on the pressures and contradictions that erupt as workplace values change.


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Cast : Face to Face - 4M, 4F ; A Conversation - 2M, 6F ; Charitable Intent - 2M, 6F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-657-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Lancaster Plays, The
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Lancaster Plays, The

Gaunt / Lile Jimmy Williamson / Buck Ruxton / A Tale of Two Town Halls

David Pownall
 
Written between 1972 and 1976, a time of high hopes for the rebirth of a national network of regional theatres, these four plays were major building blocks in successfully creating an audience for the new Duke's Playhouse in Lancaster. 

During his time as a writer-in-residence at the theatre, David Pownall found many springboard ideas for his inceptive Paines Plough plays of 1975-81, with their strong musical and political connections, as well as for his later work on the national and international stage.

Gaunt and Lile Jimmy Williamson
Both plays focus on the myth and reality of power surrounding two local legends.

Buck Ruxton
An imperial tragedy of 1936, a notorious double murder by a successful Indian doctor driven mad by the scandal of his Scottish wife's infidelity.

A Tale of Two Town Halls
A political satire - a comedy cartoon on the IMP crisis of the mid-Seventies. 

Oberon Books | 978-1-84002-644-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Money and Friends
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Money and Friends

David Williamson
 

Peter, a mathematician who embodies niceness itself, is in financial trouble because of his brother’s bankruptcy. His neighbour Margaret decides to seek help from his friends who spend much of their time boasting about their wealth. But while his friends happily take advantage of Peter's good nature in their own hour of need, how willing will they be to help him in his?

A revealing clash between materialism and ideals.

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Cast : 5M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-314-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Perfectionist, The
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Perfectionist, The

David Williamson
 
Williamson’s continuing examination of modern marriage follows a pair of academics from Denmark to Sydney as they blunder along the rival paths of career and parenthood. Introduced by Rodney Fisher.

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Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-069-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Removalists, The
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Removalists, The

David Williamson
 
A young policeman’s first day on duty becomes a violent and highly charged initiation into law enforcement. Remarkable for its blend of boisterous humour and horrifying violence, the play has acquired a reputation as a classic statement on Australian authoritarianism and is a key work in the study of Australian drama.

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Cast : 4M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-038-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Rupert
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Rupert

David Williamson
 
In his latest play Rupert Australia’s best known and multi-award winning playwright David Williamson tackles the rise and rise of ex-Australian citizen and one of the planet’s most powerful, influential and feared men, Rupert Murdoch. 

Spanning most of Murdoch’s lifetime—from his early student days at Oxford to the most recent phone hacking scandal that rocked News Corp.—Williamson asks who the real Rupert Murdoch is and tries to uncover what makes this complex and fascinating character tick. In the process Williamson peels back the façade and we glimpse the character of an ‘apex predator’ who almost single-handedly built a media empire that spans the entire globe.


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Cast : 43M; 16W doubling possible
Performance Rights : Cameron Creswell - info@cameronsmanagement.com.au
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-501-1 | Sales rights: AUSTRALIA only | PB
Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot / Let the Sunshine
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Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot / Let the Sunshine

David Williamson
 
Scarlett O'Hara at the Crimson Parrot
Scarlett is a 36-year-old waitress who lives with her mother, has no boyfriend, and spends too much time watching old romantic movies. In her working hours she re-runs the scenes from the films with her co-worker Gordon, the gay kitchen hand in the restaurant. As Scarlett drifts deeper into her reveries of Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Errol Flynn and Humphrey Bogart, she takes her place as the heroine in each of their movies.

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Let the Sunshine
What happens when people of widely different political views are forced to co-exist? Toby, a maker of hard-hitting documentaries, flees Sydney with his wife after a blow up with the press. He arrives at his old childhood haven only to find the simple town has been transformed into a playground for the wealthy and his old friend has become married to a wealthy property developer. Add the couple’s two incompatible offspring, a struggling musician and a ruthless corporate lawyer, and the scene is set for a vintage Williamson comedy.


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Cast : Scarlett O'Hara - 4M, 3F ; Let the Sunshine - 3M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-865-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Siren
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Siren

David Williamson
 
Holed up in a Central Coast motel room with three undercover detectives, Liz has been employed to use her sex appeal on Billy Nottle, a local councillor suspected of accepting bribes from developers.

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Cast : 5M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-282-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Sons of Cain
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Sons of Cain

David Williamson
 
Against a background of disintegrating marital relationships and emotional greed, a newspaper editor along with three investigative journalists takes on the Mr Bigs of the drug trade. The villain proves to be the nature of society itself.

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Cast : 6M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-179-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Top Silk
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Top Silk

David Williamson
 
Williamson continues his analysis of family life. This time his portrait is set in the colourful world of the law. A legal aid solicitor and a prominent barrister battle over their individual careers and the future of their teenage son. Painfully they learn that justice has a number of guises and that the young are occasionally wiser than their parents.

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Cast : 5M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-263-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Up for Grabs / Corporate Vibes
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Up for Grabs / Corporate Vibes

David Williamson
 

Up for Grabs
Simone Allen likes to see herself as a prophet rather than a parasite, but when given the opportunity to sell one of the better Brett Whiteley paintings, her behaviour becomes less than angelic. Driven by greed and aesthetics, Williamson’s characters discover how far they will go when more than just a beautiful work of art is up for grabs in this sexy comedy of manners.


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Corporate Vibes
Sam, a real estate developer, is accustomed to getting his own way, usually by shouting. When his staff mutiny, he finds himself confronted by a softly-spoken mediator and a demand for buildings which 'delight the eye' — and the stage is set for a vintage farce.


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Cast : Up for Grabs - 3M, 4F / Corporate Vibes - 3M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-653-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Williamson Collected Plays Vol. IV
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Williamson Collected Plays Vol. IV

Jack of Hearts / Cruise Control / Dream Home / Happiness

David Williamson
 

David Williamson is the most popular, prolific and produced playwright in Australian history. These four comedies consolidate his place as our greatest dramatic entertainer.

in Jack of Hearts, Williamson has written his charm into a lovable loser who does his best to disprove the theory that nice guys always finish last.

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In Cruise Control three philandering, bickering and workaholic couples board a cruise ship travelling from London to New York for seven days of marital healing.


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Dream Home follows Dana and Paul, whose dream turns into a nightmare when they discover their perfect beachside flat is festering with neighbours’ grudges, death threats, come-ons, heart-to-hearts, the smell of oysters, with Paul’s ex-girlfriend living upstairs in the throes of regret.

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In Happiness, Williamson follows Roland, a Professor of Wellbeing and his cynical wife Hanna as they grapple with the elusiveness of the emotion. 

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Cast : Jack of Hearts: 4F, 3M/Cruise Control: 4F; 3M/Dream Home: 3F, 4M/Happiness: 2F; 5M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-547-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Williamson Collected Plays Volume 2
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Williamson Collected Plays Volume 2

The Department / A Handful of Friends / The Club / Travelling North

David Williamson
 

This volume shows a consolidation and maturing of Williamson's style. Although he retains his satirical edge, there is a marked move from the domestic and personal dilemmas explored in the earlier plays to a focus on the public domain. Private desires and public issues are subtly compared and contrasted.

The Department
A staff meeting of the Engineering Department in a College of Advanced Education is the occasion in this play for an acute dissection of the workings of bureaucracy and the absurd politicking needed to support it.

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A Handful of Friends
Life in the film industry was never meant to be easy, but when a ruthless director makes his alcoholic friend the subject of his latest feature, tensions snap.

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The Club
Williamson’s famous play about the uses and abuses of managerial power, which in 1976 foreshadowed the great changes that Australian football has since endured, proves even more prescient since the rise and fall of Super League. This is a play set behind the scenes, a head-on tackle of brawn versus bureaucracy.

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Travelling North
A moving homage to age and the old radicals who changed the course of our history. Soon after Frank and Frances desert their former lives for a northerly bohemian retreat, Frank’s mortality asserts itself.

Cast : The Department - 8M, 2F / A Handful of Friends - 2M / The Club - 6M / Travelling North - 3M, 4F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-287-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Williamson: Collected Plays Vol. III
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Williamson: Collected Plays Vol. III

At Any Cost? / Managing Carmen / Nothing Personal / Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica / When Dad Married Fury

David Williamson
 
One of Australia’s Living National Treasures and its best known and most widely performed playwright, David Williamson brings us five of his latest works. Now in his 70s, age has not wearied him, and indeed this collection exemplifies Williamson’s uncanny ability to be timely, relevant and thoroughly modern.

As director Sandra Bates notes in her introduction Williamson is unique in Australian theatre because of ‘his ability to see and understand Australia’s current circumstances, our society’s circumstances right here, right now; indeed to be ahead of what is current’.


At Any Cost?

Deals with delicate end-of-life issues, and the huge costs of keeping extremely ill patients alive.

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Managing Carmen 
A secretively cross-dressing AFL superstar threatens lucrative advertising dollars.

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Nothing Personal
Two highly ambitious book publishing executives go head-to-head in an all-out war over the top job—and unsurprisingly in 2012 it’s two women!

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Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica
Two fortysomething lonely singles come together in a delightful romantic comedy.

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When Dad Married Fury 
This play has it all—the GFC, a billionaire, intense inheritance battles and a Tea-Party beauty queen!

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Cast : At Any Cost? - 3M, 2F / Managing Carmen - 3M, 2F / Nothing Personal - 2M, 5F / Rhinestone Rex and Miss Monica - 1M, 1F / When Dad Married Fury - 3M, 5W
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-963-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB