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HANNIE RAYSON has established a reputation for topical, complex dramas written with wit and humour. A graduate of Melbourne University and the Victorian College of the Arts, she has an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from La Trobe University and is a Fellow of the Australian Centre at the University of Melbourne. Her plays have been extensively performed around Australia and internationally. They include Please Return to Sender, Mary, Leave It Till Monday, Room to Move, Hotel Sorrento, Falling From Grace, Competitive Tenderness Life After George, Inheritance and Two Brothers. She has been awarded two Australian Writers’ Guild Awards, four Helpmann Awards, two NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and a Victorian Premier's Literary Award as well as the Age Performing Arts Award. She also wrote Scenes from a Separation with Andrew Bovell.

For television she has written Sloth (ABC, Seven Deadly Sins) and co-written two episodes of SeaChange (ABC/Artists Services). A feature film of Hotel Sorrento, produced in 1995, was nominated for ten Australian Film Institute Awards. In 1999 she received the Magazine Publishers' Society of Australia's Columnist of the Year Award for her regular contributions to HQ magazine.

Hannie made playwriting history when Life After George was the first play to be nominated for the Miles Franklin Award. In 2006 she was nominated for the Melbourne Prize for Literature, a prize for a Victoria-based writer whose body of published or produced work has made an outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life.

For a rich guide to understanding more about the work of Hannie Rayson  visit the 'What I wrote' series website where you can download Teacher's Notes, watch a trailer for the DVD and read information on the authors.

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Falling from Grace
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Falling from Grace

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Hannie Rayson
 
A play about three women: one in medicine, one in the media and one in business. Best friends, they juggle work, children and lovers.

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Cast : 2M, 5F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-387-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Hotel Sorrento
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Hotel Sorrento

Hannie Rayson
 
Hilary lives in seaside Sorrento with her father and sixteen-year-old son; Pippa is visiting from New York and Meg returns from England with her English husband.

Three sisters, reunited after ten years in different worlds, again feel the constraints of family life. It is Meg's semi-autobiographical novel, recently short-listed for the Booker prize, which overshadows their homecoming.


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Cast : 4M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-681-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Inheritance
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Inheritance

Hannie Rayson
 
In the Mallee country, a family gathers to celebrate the eightieth birthdays of twin sisters Dibs and Girlie. But these have been heartbreak years in the bush and the cracks are beginning to show. All have a claim to the land, but which claim will prevail and who will lose out? A powerful family saga dealing with the divisions between the city and the bush, black and white, and duty and freedom.

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Cast : 6M, 6F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-720-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Life After George
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Life After George

Hannie Rayson
 
Peter George, charismatic academic, idealist, lover of life, is dead.  His wife, two ex-wives and daughter gather for his funeral. As the true nature of the man and his life unfolds, so these women discover much about themselves and the lives they have lived both within and outside his shadow.

Life After George
is a moving and perceptive insight into social change across three decades told through individual experiences. From the barricades of the student movements of the late 1960s to the new century with its demands for different educational strategies, the university has been central to change.  And it is on this stage that George played out his brilliant, tempestuous career.

Written with passion and dangerous wit, Life After George is a compelling new drama from the author of Hotel Sorrento.

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Cast : 2M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-628-2 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB
Swimming Club, The
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Swimming Club, The

Hannie Rayson
 
Six young people from around the world, including two UWA students, spend one glorious summer together on a Greek island in 1983. They are beautiful, adventurous, idealistic and believe that the world is theirs for the taking. Fast-forward to 2009: each - in their own way - feel trapped by their life choices and are baffled by their children’s youth culture in the new millennium. Will a reunion on their magical Greek island be able to rekindle their spiritual fire?

    

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Cast : 3M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-875-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Two Brothers
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Two Brothers

Hannie Rayson
 

The Benedict brothers are on opposite sides of the political divide. Eggs is the Minister for Home Security and prime minister-in-waiting. Tom is a refugee advocate and the head of a charitable foundation. The brothers have a relationship based on affection and respect. And in the jumble of family life they have managed to accommodate their ideological differences.

But on Christmas Day an Indonesian fishing boat packed with refugees goes down in the Indian Ocean. Two hundred and fifty people drown, and one man survives. What happens when two powerful, passionate and socially-committed brothers encounter deadly conflict?


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Cast : 5M, 3F
Performance Rights : HLA Management Pty Ltd - hla@hlamgt.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-781-4 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB