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DEBRA OSWALD is a writer for stage, film, television and children’s fiction.

Her stage plays have been produced around Australia. Gary’s House, Sweet Road and The Peach Season were all shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Award. Her play Dags has had many Australian productions and has been published and performed in Britain and the United States. Gary’s House has been on the senior high school syllabus, and has been performed in translation in both Denmark and Japan. The Peach Season won the 2005 Seaborn Playwright’s Prize. Mr Bailey’s Minder broke the Griffin Theatre’s box office record in 2004, toured nationally in 2006, and was produced in Philadelphia in 2008.

Debra has written two plays for ATYP (Australian Theatre for Young People). Skate w as performed in Sydney, on a NSW country tour and at the Belfast Theatre Festival. Stories in the Dark premiered at Riverside Theatre, Parramatta in 2007and in the following year it went on to win the AWGIE Award for Theatre for Young People and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for Best Play. House on Fire premiered at ATYP in 2010.

She is the author of three ‘Aussie Bite’ books for kids, including Nathan and the Ice Rockets, and five novels for teenage readers: Me and Barry Terrific, The Return of the Baked Bean, The Fifth Quest, The Redback Leftovers and Getting Air.

Among Debra’s television credits are Bananas in Pyjamas , Sweet and Sour , Palace of Dreams , The Secret Life of Us and award-winning episodes of Police Rescue and she is the writer and creator of Offspring. Her script for the Offspring telemovie won the 2011 NSW Premier’s Award.

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Dags
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Dags

Debra Oswald
 
Gillian is sixteen, suffers from the occasional ‘ack-attack’, and is worried about not having a boyfriend. She loves chocolate and is infatuated with the best-looking boy in school. A funny and compassionate look at adolescence.

              

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Gary’s House
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Gary’s House

Debra Oswald
 
Gary has failed in everything he has attempted. But now he has inherited a block of land and with Sue-Anne, his angry and pregnant girlfriend, he gets an urge to build a nest. Satire becomes drama as the battlers reach for their dreams.


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House on Fire
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House on Fire

Debra Oswald
 
Things aren’t going well for the Conway sisters. Dad’s just married the Geography teacher, oldest sister Bec’s been evicted and Evie’s suffering serious issues with her new besties. Michaela has twenty-four hours to solve her sisters’ problems before she sits the most important exams of her life. What else could go wrong?

A hilarious new offering from Debra Oswald, House on Fire is guaranteed to put a smile on your lips and light a small flame in your heart.



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Mr Bailey's Minder
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Mr Bailey's Minder

Debra Oswald
 
Leo Bailey is one of Australia’s greatest living artists, whose genius battles to survive the effects of alcohol, cynicism and self-loathing.

Only one of his many children, his daughter Margo, is prepared to help, but she does so at arm's length. Margo finds a live-in-minder, Therese who is fresh out of prison and desperate for a home. Then along comes Karl, a handyman who has the job of removing a valuable mural but who keeps returning with offers of practical friendship.

A funny and deeply moving play about friendship, ego, art and the secret longing for a better life.
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Skate
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Skate

Debra Oswald
 

Inspired by true events, Skate is about a group of kids battling with their local council to get a skate park. When tragedy strikes, the battle grows into a struggle for acceptance and unity.

A turbo-charged, moving and funny account of the mates, mothers, tricks and traumas of a group of young skaters. Enhanced by live skateboarding, the play is full of the emotional awkwardness of adolescence, its adrenalin, compassion and humour.


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Stories in the Dark
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Stories in the Dark

Debra Oswald
 
A terrified 12-year-old boy finds himself separated from his family in the unfamiliar streets of a war torn city. He takes refuge in a bombed-out house and in the total blackness his bravado crumbles into tears.

Into his life steps Anna – older, street smart and scornful of his crying. As a way of shutting the boy up, she starts to tell him a story that she vaguely remembers from her own childhood. And so begins a journey into the shifting, shimmering world of ogres, princes, singing bones, foolish lads and wolf-mothers.

Stories in the Dark explores the power of storytelling, mingling the magic and earthy wisdom of folk tales with the hard-edged story of violence, conflict and the struggle to survive.

   

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The Peach Season
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The Peach Season

Debra Oswald
 

After the murder of her husband, Celia has shut herself and her 16-year-old daughter Zoë away, toiling on a peach farm in the middle of nowhere. The arrival of two young people to help during picking season heralds the beginning of the end for Celia’s safe existence.

Her daughter falls in love with enigmatic, erratic Kieran, but when the relationship is threatened, they run away together. The safe, perhaps smothering, world that Celia has created unravels; her paranoia and insecurities amplified to full volume. Playing out alongside her fear, we see the increasingly degrading and dangerous lifestyle that the two elopers have fallen into.

The Peach Season is a powerful, salutary tale showing what it’s like to be a young person desperate for independence, but also, crucially, what it’s like to be a parent during the painful process of letting children fly the nest.


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