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Jonathan Gavin is a playwright, screen writer and actor who graduated from the acting course at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 1998. He has an Honours degree in Literature from the Australian National University. His plays include Bang (Whitebox/B Sharp); The Return (Brand Spanking New); Aperture and Bender (Tamarama Rock Surfers); Schmaltz (Elbow Theatre); Sleepless Night (Practical Theatre Company); A Moment on the Lips and Tiger Country (Maelstrom).

Jonathan was one of several writers of the musical Breast Wishes, which is currently enjoying its second national tour and was one of six playwrights to undertake Griffin Theatre’s Emerging Writers’ Residency in 2005/06. He has won several awards including the 2003 Philip Parsons Young Playwrights’ Award and the 2009 Mitch Mathews Award.


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Based on Vassa Zheleznova by Maxim Gorky

In 1909 Maxim Gorky wrote Vassa Zheleznova, a savage comedy about a Russian family at war over money, entitlement and the march of progress. But Vassa Zheleznova also relates to one of the great Australian themes: how we hauled ourselves out of our working class past and set out on the road to a relaxed and comfortable future.

Cast : 4F, 4M
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