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KATE MULVANY is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter and actor. Her plays include Medea (created with Anne-Louise Sarks), The Danger Age, The Web and The Seed which is currently being developed into a feature film. Her latest play The Rasputin Affair has just been shortlisted for an AWGIE award. She adapted the much-loved children’s book by Kit Williams, Masquerade and her stage adaptation of Craig Silvey’s novel Jasper Jones was highly praised. Her stage credits include: The Literati, Tartuffe and Mr Bailey’s Minder . Her recent portrayal of Richard III for Bell Shakespeare garnered rave reviews.


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Jasper Jones (the play)
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Jasper Jones (the play)

Based on the novel by Craig Silvey

Kate Mulvany
 

It’s summer 1965 in a small, hot town in Western Australia. Overseas, war is raging in Vietnam, Civil Rights marches are on the streets, and women’s liberation is stirring – but at home in Corrigan Charlie Bucktin dreams of writing the Great Australian Novel. Charlie’s 14 and smart. But when 16-year-old, constantly-in-trouble Jasper Jones appears at his window one night, Charlie’s out of his depth. Jasper has stumbled upon a terrible crime in the scrub nearby, and he knows he’s the first suspect – that goes with the colour of his skin. He needs every ounce of Charlie’s bookish brain to help solve this awful mystery before the town turns on Jasper.

Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Craig Silvey’s award-winning novel is wise and beautiful – it features a cast of finely drawn teenagers and grown-ups, all searching for their own kind of truth. A coming-of-age story, Jasper Jones interweaves the lives of complex individuals all struggling to find happiness among the buried secrets of a small rural community.

"Whether you know the book or not, this piercing adaptation is very much worth seeing for the way it depicts – and shows ways across – some of the deep and enduring divides in our society."  Jason Blake SMH

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Cast : 9F, 4M, doubling possible
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-004-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Masquerade
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Masquerade

Kate Mulvany
 
In a wondrous world of riddles and hidden treasure, bumbling Jack Hare is on a race against time to deliver a message of love from the Moon to the Sun. Far, far away in a world just like ours, a mother cheers her son Joe with the tale of Jack Hare’s adventure. But when Jack’s mission goes topsy-turvy, Joe and his mum must come to the rescue, and the line between the two worlds becomes blurred forever. 

Bringing to life Kit Williams’ iconic picture book, Masquerade stars a talking fish, a tone-deaf barbershop quartet, a gassy pig, a precious jewel and a few mere mortals. It’s a magical adventure that is, at its heart, about the love between a parent and a child.

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Cast : 9M, 8F
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-584-4 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
The Harp in The South
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The Harp in The South

Adapted from the novels by Ruth Park

Kate Mulvany
 
A great Australian novel. A landmark theatre event. A portrait of Sydney as it once was.

The Harp in the South Trilogy follows the trials and tribulations of the Darcy family over thirty years, from country New South Wales in the 1920s to the inner-city slums of Surry Hills in the 1950s.

The beating heart of this exuberant play is its carousel of characters. From hard-boozing Hugh Darcy and his long-suffering ‘Missus’ Margaret, to their children, sensitive and romantic Roie, smart and sassy Dolour, and poor little Thady who ran out onto the overcrowded road and has been trying to find his way home ever since. Along the way there’s the Chinese greengrocer Lick Jimmy, who tempts Dolour with his ‘poor man’s oranges’, no-nonsense brothel madam Delie Stock, who tempts everyone with her girls, and handsome young Charlie Rothe, who tempts Roie with the promise of a better life.

Kate Mulvany brings her trademark humour and tenderness to bear on Ruth Park’s much-loved novels in this epic adaptation. Join the Darcy family as they journey through laughter and tragedy, booze and blood, poverty and cruelty, but most of all love.



Currency Press | 978-1-76062-245-9 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
The Seed
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The Seed

Kate Mulvany
 
Meet Rose Maloney. Her dad Danny went to Vietnam. Her grandfather Brian is ex-IRA. Today is their collective birthday. From this intimate reunion, The Seed opens itself up over and over again until a silent family battle becomes a national story about finding new life amongst the rubble of old wars. This play has a very special kind of honesty and humour to it which sorts the great lies we buy into from the reality we live through.

A compelling, tightly-woven and thrilling exploration of a very real family and the repercussions of war.


   

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Cast : 2M, 1F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-826-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
The Web
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The Web

Kate Mulvany
 
Is a person still isolated if their friends are make-believe?

Fred is a 16-year-old living on a farm without stock or crops in an Australian country town. When Travis, the charismatic head boy at their school, begins to take an interest in him, Fred gets lured into the intricate world of The Web, where nothing, and nobody, is what they seem. 

A whodunit for the modern age, The Web, is a fascinating exploration of isolation, friendship, and what happens when social experiments go frighteningly wrong. 


Cast : 3M, 2F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-911-5 | Sales: worldwide | PB