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ANGELA BETZIEN is an award-winning playwright. Her work includes Dog Wins Lotto (Queensland Theatre Company, 1997), Playboy of the Working Class (Queensland Theatre Company, 2001), The Suitcase (Real TV/Stage X Festival, 2001), Princess of Suburbia (Real TV, 2001), Kingswood Kids (La Boite Theatre, 2002), The Orphanage Project (Queensland Theatre Company, 2003), Children of the Black Skirt (Queensland Arts Council and Real TV, 2003) Hoods (Sydney Opera House:Ed and Regional Arts Victoria, 2006) Girl Who Cried Wolf (Arena Theatre, 2008, Windmill Theatre, 2011) The Dark Room (Black Swan, 2009), The Teenage Alchemist (Camp Quality, 2009). In 2011 Belvoir Theatre will present the N.S.W premiere of The Dark Room. Children of the Black Skirt , Hoods and War Crimes have been published by Currency Press. Betzien was awarded the prestigious Kit Denton Fellowship at the 2012 AWGIE Awards for War Crimes, as well as the 2012 QLD Literary Award for Best Drama Script.

Angela Betzien's own website - http://www.realtv.net.au/

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Children of the Black Skirt
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Children of the Black Skirt

Angela Betzien
 

A gothic fairytale for young people. Three lost children discover an abandoned orphanage in the bush and learn a history of Australia through the spirits of children who have lived there, from convict times, through to World War Two, the Stolen Generation and beyond.

An evocative play which explores history, reconciliation and the power of storytelling, Children of the Black Skirt has toured widely through schools and is a classroom favourite with teachers and students alike.

   

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Cast : 14M, 12F (cast of 3 possible with doubling)
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-760-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Hoods
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Hoods

Angela Betzien
 

From the creators of Children of the Black Skirt comes a contemporary tale of Hansel and Gretel.

Each night two hoods ride a train to a wrecking yard on the outskirts of the city. Here, in this cemetery of stories, they are storytellers with the power to fast forward, pause and rewind. Tonight, they tell the story of three kids left in a car.

Rewind. It’s Friday, KFC night and the last day of school before Christmas. Kyle, Jessie and baby brother Troy are waiting in the car for their mum. As night approaches the car park takes on a dark and sinister aspect filled with strange and familiar characters. The shopping centre closes, Mum still hasn’t returned and the baby won’t stop crying.

Exploring issues of poverty and family violence, Hoods is a suburban tale of survival and solidarity against the odds.


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Cast : 1M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-800-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Mortido
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Mortido

Angela Betzien
 
¿Como sabes que esto no es el sueño?
(How do you know this is not the dream?)
How do you know this is not the nightmare?

Mortido is a remarkable crime drama, revenge tragedy and morality play all rolled into one.

Jimmy is a small-time dealer and Monte is a biggish-time distributor. Grubbe is a detective. They all want the same thing: to live out their lives in leisure. And a water view would be nice. But for Jimmy and Monte to win, Grubbe has to lose. Same goes the other way.

It begins with a Mexican fable about death and ends in the Western suburbs of Sydney. In between it takes in the public housing on Belvoir  Street, Krispy Kreme doughnuts, quinoa, Nazi Germany, Qantas, Coca-Cola, a seventh birthday party, the Surry Hills police, the property market and a body in the harbour. The connective tissue? Cocaine.

This is Betzien's most ambitious play so far, and a brilliant portrait of the Emerald City: familiar, bizarre, glorious and mean.

A quintessential Sydney tale about crime, globalisation and the killer desire for a bigger house.

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Cast : 10M; 2F, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-549-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
The Hanging
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The Hanging

Angela Betzien
 
‘We’re a circle. We’re forever. For eternity.’

Three teenage schoolgirls go missing in Melbourne’s hinterland. The clock is ticking, the search is on. One of the girls turns up days later. Confused and unkempt, she has no apparent memory of what happened and where her friends are. Sound familiar?

The Hanging is a gripping thriller that questions the frequently-occurring spectre of the missing girl in the Australian bush. Its mystery is a postmodern study of social panic and what lies hidden, just out of reach.

Reviews:

'One of the most exciting things to happen in Australian playwriting.' ****½ Daily Review

'An extraordinarily well-executed psychological thriller.' **** Limelight Magazine

'The Hanging is special... for Betzien’s lyrical, irresistible script [and] its absorbing mystery.’ **** Time Out Sydney

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Cast : 2F, 1M
Performance Rights : The Yellow Agency
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-050-9 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
War Crimes
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War Crimes

Angela Betzien
 
Set in a regional coastal town, War Crimes tells a powerful story of five disenfranchised young women who are fighting for respect, railing against authority and struggling to form an identity in a small town with limited opportunities. The relocation of an Iraqi refugee family to the town provokes a climate of hostility and tension that threatens to violently explode.

War Crimes continues Real TV’s trademark technique of using real events as pretexts for the creation of relevant and provocative contemporary Australian drama.


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Cast : 1M, 9F + chorus
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-918-4 | Sales: Australia/NZ | PB