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Daniel Keene's plays have been performed widely throughout Australia and overseas, especially in France. His plays, which include All Souls, Cho Cho San, Silent Partner, Low, Terminus, The Architect's Walk and The Ninth Moon, have received numerous literary awards. 

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All Souls
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All Souls

Daniel Keene
 

All Souls, or the Day of the Dead, is when the dead return to the world of the living. On the eve of All Souls, a candle in the window allows the souls to come home to rest for a while. In the shadows of a crumbling urban landscape three couples pass under the gaze of Phillipa, an ageing homeless visionary.

All Souls evokes a vision of our dreams and nightmares. The writing is poetic, without compromise, always perceptive and compassionate. It is a truly remarkable work from one of Australia’s most gifted writers.

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Cast : 3M, 7F, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-431-8 | Sales Rights: worldwide | PB
Life Without Me
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Life Without Me

Daniel Keene
 
If you don’t know who you are and you don’t know where you’re headed, you might find yourself spiralling in ever-tightening circles until you come to rest in a nondescript part of town in a crummy two-star hotel, where the service is churlish, the lift doesn’t work, the toast is burnt and the pot plants set off your allergies. But keep your expectations low, really low, and, who knows? – you might be pleasantly surprised by how everything works out.

A hotel with reservations. Award-winning playwright Daniel Keene’s play is an eccentric fable about taking up residence and trying to move on.


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Cast : 4M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-892-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Mother
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Mother

Daniel Keene
 
Mother is a one-woman play that tells the story of Christie, a homeless woman in a world detached, unforgiving and destructive. It gives voice to the fallen and dispossessed, to those who exist at the edge of safety, at the point of being undone. It speaks of madness, denial, ignorance and free-falling poverty. Utterly devastating, yet written with Daniel Keene's characteristic lyricism, Mother is wrought with tenderness, violence and loneliness in equal measure.







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'Daniel Keene is indisputably one of Australia's most poetic, thoughtful and probing playwrights.'

Bryce Hallett, Sydney Morning Herald

'Fashioning language is Daniel Keene's trade... You can almost imagine him pulling a red-hot word from a furnace, hammering it into shape and laying it down on the page to cool.'

Ben Cubby, Sydney Morning Herald
Cast : 1F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-554-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Serpent's Teeth, The
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Serpent's Teeth, The

Two one-act plays: Citizens / Soldiers

Daniel Keene
 
Citizens
Set at the dividing wall of a war-torn country, conflict is an unseen force which disrupts the everyday tasks of people, battling to survive.

Soldiers
Set in an Air Force hangar far from the battlefield. But for five families, who gather to receive the bodies of their sons, brothers and friends, war does not seem so far away.

Keene's astute and probing insight into the insidious effects of global tensions give us cause to reflect on the true human cost of armed conflict whether it is close to home or not.

 

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  • 'The writing is razor-sharp, remarkably and memorably profound; at times, ravishingly beautiful ... it's extraordinary!'  Australian Stage

Cast : 8M, 5F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-838-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB