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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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Cold Light
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Cold Light

Adapted from the novel by Frank Moorehouse

Alana Valentine
 
Here comes Edith Campbell Berry, fresh from International acclaim at the League of Nations, handsome British diplomatic husband in tow. Look out 1950’s Canberra, she’s on her way to the top. Or is she?

The League was after all a failure, and hubby dear is a secret cross dresser and her long lost brother is a Communist agitator watched by a fledgling ASIO. Maybe those dreams of renewed diplomatic honour might take longer than she thinks to materialize. A lot longer. And so to be ‘acceptable’ she consults the Book of Crossroads, bungles her inner life, remarries badly, and compromises her career options.  

An epic story of national significance, Cold Light surveys the transformation of Australia from the post-WWII Menzies era to the mid-1970’s Whitlam government and asks timely questions about Australia’s relationship to women of vision and people of difference.

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Cast : 4F, 19M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-049-3 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Cyberbile / Grounded
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Cyberbile / Grounded

Alana Valentine
 
Multi-award winning playwright Alana Valentine brings us two plays that deal head-on with teenage issues fraught with difficulty: bullying, belonging, isolation, identity. 

Cyberbile

A candid, moving and sometimes shocking glimpse into the online world of today’s teen generation. Based on interviews conducted by students, with teachers, parents and their fellow students, Cyberbile is a verbatim-based drama which speaks from and to the hearts of Australia’s young adults.


Grounded

Set against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle’s recent history—the grounding of the Pasha Bulka—this is a coming-of-age tale centred around Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastle’s industrial port. Through her obsession we explore universal themes of isolation, belonging and identity and that time in your life when the obsessions of childhood get grounded in reality.


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Cast : 3F, 1-12 figures (non-gender specific);7M, 9F doubling possible
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-984-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Ladies Day
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Ladies Day

Alana Valentine
 

Shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Award for playwriting

It’s Ladies Day at the Broome races and the divinely beautiful Mike is the toast of the track. But amongst the froth and festivity, a brutal act of violence reminds us that life is not just all swishy hemlines, debonair gents and fascinators galore.

Alana Valentine is one of Australia’s best playwrights. Known for her incredibly successful verbatim works, she takes her interviews and research with individuals and communities, and mixes them with a healthy dose of drama. The result is powerful, thought-provoking theatre in which the voices of her protagonists ring absolutely true.

Alana spent months interviewing the gay community of Broome to create a play that asks questions about tolerance, isolation, love, hope and the right to have your story told.

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Cast : 3F, 4M, doubling possible
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Letters to Lindy
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Letters to Lindy

Alana Valentine
 
"The most powerful thing that has been done on my story, and the most true to what I lived through."  –  Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

The court case captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the nation’s prejudices laid bare. And in the eye of the storm: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.

Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public’s fascination with Lindy seldom waned. The National Library holds a collection of more than 20,000 letters to Lindy. From sympathy to abuse, from marriage proposals to death threats, the correspondence traverses the gamut of responses to Lindy’s story.

Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence and interviews with Lindy herself. It is an enthralling, revealing, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation; a portrait of the wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother.

This new work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine ( Ladies Day, Parramatta Girls) explores the public’s relationship with one of Australia’s most iconic figures.

"A fascinating collage of Australian attitudes to grief, justice,celebrity, and women who do not conform." – Sydney Morning Herald

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Love Potions / Savage Grace
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Love Potions / Savage Grace

Alana Valentine
 

Love Potions
Three couples negotiate their way into intimacy, aided by tea, wine and chocolate. Love Potions has a pre-coital first half and a post-coital second, intercut with some naughty and very sexy verbatim revelations. More than a celebration of the nexus between sex and food, these clever, short plays are tender and passionate glimpses of human nature at its most vulnerable. Why do some people develop a sensuous relationship with their world and others remain indifferent to the subtleties of flavour, texture and taste?

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Savage Grace
During his residency at an Australian hospital, Dr Tex Cladakis, an American HIV specialist, meets bioethics professor Robert Bavaro. They clash over ethical issues, but despite or perhaps because of this, a passionate sexual affair develops between them. As Cladakis considers assisting the suicide of one of his terminally ill patients, the moral ground shifts and the stakes escalate, threatening their personal beliefs and the trust and love that is growing between them.

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Cast : Love Potions - 1M, 5F / Savage Grace - 2M
Performance Rights : sharne@creativerep.com.au
Snowy Owl Press | 978-0-97755-020-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor
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Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor

Alana Valentine
 
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
Run Rabbit Run
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Run Rabbit Run

Alana Valentine
 
When the National Rugby League thought they could jettison the Rabbitohs to streamline their competition they were in for a shock. South Sydney, a proud club that had won more premierships than any other, refused to lie down. Valentine’s play is a verbatim piece about the battle to overturn the decision. Based on extensive interviews with both the public faces of the campaign and the grassroots supporters, this is a story of passion and politics that goes beyond football. For when South Sydney came out fighting they proved the importance of community and the power of momentum. Their battle in the courts and streets of Sydney captured the imagination of the wider population as they successfully fought to regain the right to play league football at the top level.


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  • Listen to Alana Valentine - on verbatim theatre, and her inspiration for Run Rabbit Run
  • Listen to Kate Gaul - director of the world premiere production of  Run Rabbit Run at Belvoir in 2004 - talk about  preserving the authenticity of the ‘real people’   represented in the play.
  • Listen to Eliza Loganstar of the world premiere of  Run Rabbit Run,as she explains the differences between working on a verbatim text as opposed to a wholly imagined play.
  • Listen to Brian Thomson,  set designer for the world premiere production of  Run Rabbit Run, talking about the approach he took to designing for the Belvoir stage.
  •    Performance history at AusStage

Cast : 6M, 4F
Performance Rights : sharne@creativerep.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-747-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah
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Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah

Alana Valentine
 
What do you do when you profoundly disagree with someone you love? Wearing a hijab is a touchstone of religious identity, but it is also imbued with a complex array of historical and contemporary meanings. In Alana Valentine’s new play, the cultural meaning of the hijab has become a wedge between generations.

At the heart of Shafana and Aunt Sarrinah is the relationship between an aunt and her niece. Both devout Muslims, the younger woman wants to put on a headscarf, the older woman tries to dissuade her. For Aunt Sarrinah, the hijab represents a world from which she has escaped; for her niece, Shafana, it is a personal statement of renewed faith.


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Cast : 2F
Performance Rights : sharne@creativerep.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-882-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Singing the Lonely Heart / Ozone
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Singing the Lonely Heart / Ozone

Alana Valentine
 
Singing the Lonely Heart 
Loosely based on the life of American writer Carson McCullers, this Gothic fantasia reveals writer Alana Valentine's engagement with a compelling magic realist style. Set in Columbus, Georgia, in the late 1920s, the play opens at a travelling freak show, where Carson first becomes aware of her sense of difference. It goes on to depict an unconventional Southern upbringing and its inevitable clash with the narrow-minded attitudes of small town America—particularly its racial and sexual prejudices. Out of this conflict Carson emerges as a character who is at once disarmingly frank and worldly yet strangely innocent and affecting.

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Ozone 
A man has been stripped of his skin, just as the world is being stripped of its protective membrane of life-saving ozone. But flying back with him on the flight to Australia are four deal-makers who have in their power the ability to reverse both his and the globe's fate. Or do they? A surreal and hilarious comic farce meets a deadly environmental thriller in this compelling drama which fuses the pain of love with the horrors of global warming.

Cast : SLH - 2M, 4F (doubling required) / Ozone - 2M, 3F
Performance Rights : sharne@creativerep.com.au
Snowy Owl Press | 978-0-97755-021-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB