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BEN ELLIS is a Gippsland-born playwright and columnist now based in London. Currency has published three of his plays: Falling Petals which attracted furious debate in Australia—including fist-fights among audiences—for its depiction of an unsentimental and hypocritical rural community; These People, concerning Australian responses to the stories of asylum seekers in detention centres in their deserts; and Post Felicity, a black comedy which satirises the obsessions of baby boomers  which won both the Patrick White Play Award and the inaugural Malcolm Robertson Prize.
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Falling Petals
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Falling Petals

Ben Ellis
 
Something strange is happening in the country town of Hollow—a mysterious syndrome that seems to strike only the young. The town is quarantined, schools are closed and fences go up. Guards patrol new enforced borders, but amongst the townsfolk denial runs deep. Part science-fiction, part satire, Falling Petals is a darkly humorous fable about the consequences of a culture of disposable youth and it also blasts the urban/rural fissure open.


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Cast : 2M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-784-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
These People
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These People

Ben Ellis
 
This kaleidoscopic play utilises transcripts of interviews, media reports, departmental fact-sheets and submissions to the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Inquiry into Children in Immigration Detention. Ellis creates an inventive, challenging, disturbing and yet humorous play that contrasts a 'typical' Australian nuclear family with life in detention centres.


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  • Ellis takes a novel line. He doesn’t point the finger at politicians, policy makers or bureaucrats, but suggests instead that you and I – selfish, apathetic and disinterested citizens that we are – are implicated in the maltreatment of refugees. - Sun Herald

Cast : 2M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-744-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB