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Blue Heart
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Blue Heart

Currency Press
 

Two exhilarating and teasingly entertaining one-act plays from one of the UK’s leading playwrights.

Heart’s Desir sees a family awaiting their daughter’s return from Australia, though in a series of alternative scenarios, the play collapses as it keeps veering off in unexpected and ridiculous directions.

Blue Kettle tells the story of conman Derek and the five women he misleads into believing he is their biological son. Try as he might, Derek’s plans are scuppered as the play is invaded by a virus.

In Caryl Churchill’s ever-inventive style, the two plays in  Blue Heart pull apart language and structure in a way that is theatrically remarkable and fast paced, in a stirring yet truthful exploration of family and relationships.

This edition was published alongside the first major revival of  Blue Heart, nearly twenty years after its Royal Court premiere, in a co-production by the Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, and Tobacco Factory Theatres, Bristol, in 2016.

Nick Hern Books | 978-1-84842-600-9 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Contemporary Australian Monologues for Men
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Contemporary Australian Monologues for Men

Currency Press
 
'This is particularly out of character for me.'

Monologues are a crucial element of theatre, for actors and students alike. From high school study to professional auditions and performances, the monologue exposes the heart of a play and the capacities of the performer.

The monologue should be relevant to the performer, and a revelation to the audience. This new collection brings together 30 monologues from contemporary Australian plays. These voices—from ages 14 to 84, from the 1880s to the near future—showcase the best of our national writing for the stage.

Featuring monologues written by:

JANE BODIE  •  ANDREW BOVELL  •  KIT BROOKMAN  •  NICHOLAS BROWN & SAM McCOOL •    PATRICIA CORNELIUS  •  BRENDAN COWELL  •  EAMON FLACK  •     RICHARD FRANKLAND  •  MICHAEL GOW  •  R. JOHNS  •  RASHMA N. KALSIE  •  FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER •  SUZIE MILLER  •  ROSS MUELLER  •     LUKE MULLINS & LACHLAN PHILPOTT  •  KATE MULVANY & CRAIG SILVEY   •     TOMMY MURPHY & TIMOTHY CONIGRAVE  •  JOANNA MURRAY-SMITH  •     LACHLAN PHILPOTT  •  LEAH PURCELL  •  MELISSA REEVES  •  DAMIEN RYAN  • MATTHEW RYAN  •  STEPHEN SEWELL  •  KATHERINE THOMSON  •     CHRISTOS TSIOLKAS  •  ALANA VALENTINE  •  MATTHEW WHITTET

Currency Press | 978-1-76062-177-3 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Contemporary Australian Monologues for Women
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Contemporary Australian Monologues for Women

Currency Press
 
'One eye closed, the other locked on my target.'

Monologues are a crucial element of theatre, for actors and students alike. From high school study to professional auditions and performances, the monologue exposes the heart of a play and the capacities of the performer.

The monologue should be relevant to the performer, and a revelation to the audience. This new collection brings together 30 monologues from contemporary Australian plays. These voices—from ages 14 to 84, from the 1880s to the near future—showcase the best of our national writing for the stage.

Featuring monologues written by:

DONNA ABELA  •  JADA ALBERTS  •  ANGELA BETZIEN  •  ANDREW BOVELL  •  MELISSA BUBNIC  •  MARY ANNE BUTLER  •  JUSTINE CAMPBELL & SARAH HAMILTON  •  STEPHEN CARLETON •  KATHERINE THOMSON, ANGELA CHAPLIN & KAVISHA MAZZELLA  •  ELIZABETH COLEMAN  •  PATRICIA CORNELIUS  •  WESLEY ENOCH  •  JANE MONTGOMERY GRIFFITHS  •  RASHMA N. KALSIE  •  DANIEL KEENE  • FINEGAN KRUCKEMEYER  •  SUZIE MILLER  •  KATE MULVANY & CRAIG SILVEY  •  TERENCE O’CONNELL  •  DEBRA OSWALD  •  LACHLAN PHILPOTT  •  LEAH PURCELL  •  CAROLINE REID  •  DAMIEN RYAN  •  SAMAH SABAWI  •  STEPHEN SEWELL  •  NINNA TERSMAN   •  ALANA VALENTINE 

 

 

Currency Press | 978-1-76062-176-6 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | 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
Fragile
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Fragile

Currency Press
 
Refreshingly unusual look at London’s East European sub-culture by a first-time Croation playwright   

Like the Balkans, where most of the characters hail from, this play is full of vivid scenes and characters all jostling with each other for supremacy. It is set in present-day London, mainly in Michi’s bar—described as ‘ one of those underground clubs that hosts people from countries where non-smokers are not to be trusted' and partly in a refugee hostel run by Gayle, a New Zealander.

We meet Mila, from Croatia, who sings in the bar and is having an affair with Erik, a damaged but macho Norwegian foreign correspondent who has seen action in Bosnia. Marko, from Serbia, has got a job at Michi’s because his father was a big wheel in Serbia, probably caught up in the atrocities. Tiasha has been sex-trafficked all over Europe—and has encountered Erik on the way.  Her arrival tips the precarious balance established between these various misfits: Gayle and Marko get together; Michi starts procuring for Tiasha: Mila returns to Croatia—and Erik dies...

Cast : 3M, 4F
Nick Hern Books | 978-1-85459-990-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
JANE EYRE
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JANE EYRE

Devised by THE COMPANY

Currency Press
 

Almost 170 years on, Charlotte Brontë’s story of the trailblazing Jane is as inspiring as ever. This bold and dynamic production uncovers one woman’s fight for freedom and fulfilment on her own terms.

From her beginnings as a destitute orphan, Jane Eyre’s spirited heroine faces life’s obstacles head-on, surviving poverty, injustice and the discovery of bitter betrayal before taking the ultimate decision to follow her heart.

This inventive staging of Brontë's masterpiece was first staged by Bristol Old Vic in 2014, when the story was performed over two evenings. Director Sally Cookson now brings her celebrated production to the National Theatre, presented as a single, exhilarating performance.

'This is a production full of intelligent detail... Original, engaging and unexpectedly funny... an adaptation that Charlotte Bronte herself might have approved.'   Telegraph 

Cast : 10F, 6M, musicians
Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-905-1 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Platform Papers 37
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Platform Papers 37

Not at a Cinema Near You: Australia's film distribution problem

Currency Press
 

Are Australian films really as bad as the press claims they are? Is their failure to compete with Hollywood the fault of the production team? Lauren Carroll Harris gives a resounding no: the cause is distribution. For too long, policymakers have considered only production and chronically ignored marketing, distribution and exhibition as key factors in creating demand for local films. Only nine per cent of viewings take place in the cinema, 65 per cent are accessed by DVD/Blu-Ray and VOD. Ancillary markets are no longer ancillary, they are the markets. Today’s film industry has come to depend on distribution deals for funding but the economics of the big chains make profit unattainable. Harris shows how enterprising film and documentary makers have set up their own distribution, targeted their market, kept budgets low and retained control of the profits. Digital distribution, the author concludes, is the way forward, and she has the figures to prove it.

"Lauren Carroll Harris' treatise on the state of distribution in Australia for locally produced feature films is a timely and provocative analysis of the existing structures and a powerful argument for adjustment and change in this post digital world.  Her reflections on a distribution led industry potentially replacing a production development led industry need to be seriously debated given our recent change of government and new management and key personnel at Screen Australia".  Antony I. Ginnane, Producer



Currency House | 978-0-98721-147-7 | PB
Ross & Rachel
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Ross & Rachel

Currency Press
 

'Look at those couples. Which one will leave. Which one will run. Which one is cheating on the other. Which one will die first. Him. Him. Her. Him.'

What happens when two friends who were always meant to be together, get together – and stay together? No one told them life was going to be this way…

A dark and uncompromising play about romance, expectation and mortality, James Fritz's Ross & Rachel takes an unflinching look at the myths of modern love.

Cast : 1F
Nick Hern Book, Uk | 978-1-84842-522-4 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB