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KATHERINE THOMSON began her career in the theatre as an actor. For the stage she has written Harbour, Navigating, Diving for Pearls, Barmaids, Mavis Goes to Timor and Wonderlands all published by Currency. Other plays performed by leading theatre companies include Kayak, A Sporting Chance, Darlinghurst Nights and This Hospital is My Country. She has also written extensively for television where her credits include Grass Roots, Blackjack, Wildside, Fallen Angels, Halifax fp, GP and Something in the Air.

She has been nominated for five New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, winning for Harbour and three Australian Film Institute Awards and has won multiple AWGIEs — three in 2006 alone, two as co-writer of the television series Answered by Fire and a third for her screenplay for the film Unfolding Florence — The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst. She has been Vice-President of the Australian Writers’ Guild and President of Sydney PEN. In 2005 she received the ANPC Award for her contribution to the Australian theatre industry.

For a rich guide to understanding more about the work of Katherine Thomson 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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Diving for Pearls
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Diving for Pearls

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Katherine Thomson
 

Katherine Thomson’s story about aspiration and reinvention is one of the great Australian plays. Set in Wollongong during the economic rationalism of the late ’80s, Diving for Pearls remains startlingly relevant – the political decisions of that time planted the seeds of divide we continue to witness between those with opportunity, and those without.

With the town she grew up in changing all around her, Barbara is determined to change with it. Dreaming of a way out, she sets her sights on landing a job at one of the new resorts popping up all over town. Meanwhile, her partner Den is having change forced upon him. The steelworks he’s worked at his whole life has been sold and Den must reinvent himself to survive. The arrival of Barbara’s daughter, Verge, just might be the thing that tips Barbara and Den over the edge.

Watch an interview with Katherine Thomson on her creative process and why the play has endured over 25 years, remaining relevant today. 

Cast : 3F, 2M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-043-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Grass Roots
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Grass Roots

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Geoffrey Atherden, Katherine Thomson & Michael Brindley
 
This collection of eight scripts from the first series of Grass Roots, first broadcast on ABC TV, is a hugely entertaining read, characterised by concise and witty dialogue. The scripts include the often hilarious stage directions which have, up until now, been known only to a select few. Much of the comedy centres on the minutiae of council business and the power plays so rife in politics.

    Awards
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-689-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Harbour
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Harbour

Katherine Thomson
 
OUT OF PRINT

On the Wednesday before Easter, 1998, a few hundred metres away from the site of the new Sydney Theatre, one of the most dramatic events in recent Australian history transpired. It was the culmination of a tightly planned scheme between the Federal Government and a stevedoring company to smash the Maritime Union of Australia—the 'wharfies'. This explosive industrial dispute provides the backdrop for Thomson’s gripping new drama. Sandy, a retired wharfie, comes home after six year’s absence to find his family divided. His kids have moved on, and aren't necessarily on his side of the political divide. His wife avoids being in the same room as him. The world has changed, and it seems he no longer has a place in it. But he’s a battler, with a burning desire to unite his family and set the past to rights.


   Awards
Cast : 6M, 4F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-756-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
King Tide
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King Tide

Katherine Thomson
 
OUT OF PRINT

It is the calm and silent water that drowns a man. - Ashanti proverb

Three years ago, Sal was an award-winning investigative journalist. Uncovering government corruption and public scandals she was forever on the front line. But her son's death robbed Sal of her willingness to engage. Increasingly reclusive, she opted out, choosing to live in a borrowed beach house as she struggles to come to terms with her loss.

When her teenage daughter brings home a Japanese surfer to stay, Sal finds herself confronted with a sense of danger that was once so vital to her life.

King Tide is a surprising story of hope, emerging out of the love and vulnerability of two very different people.

 

   Review
  • No playwright in this country does human dramas about political issues better than Thomson. -  The Australian
    Resources
Cast : 2M, 3F
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-804-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Mavis Goes to Timor
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Mavis Goes to Timor

co-authors Angela Chaplin and Kavisha Mazzella

Katherine Thomson
 
Stung into action by the suffering of the East Timorese, an 86-year-old retired haberdasher from regional Victoria decides that she can make a difference. Along with her daughter, Mavis takes her sewing machines to Timor and sets in motion her practical contribution. Twenty-three sewing centres later, more than 119 tonnes of donated household goods have made their way from Mavis’s place in Yarrawonga to the newly independent nation of Timor, and the sewing co-operatives continue today. Based on a true story.

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Cast : 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-702-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Navigating
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Navigating

Katherine Thomson
 
A small seaside town drifts in the wake of its painful past and the corruption of its leaders. An embattled woman is determined to expose the truth when she finds herself in possession of damaging documentary evidence.


   Resources
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Cast : 3M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-574-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Wonderlands
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Wonderlands

Katherine Thomson
 

In 1931, Alice, a white station owner, goes riding with her Aboriginal head stockman and friend, Jim. During the course of the afternoon, they come to an agreement about the running and ownership of the property, Ambertrue.

Many years later, in an environment of white paranoia fed by misinformation, Alice’s great nephew Lon finds himself running Ambertrue. When Lon receives a letter announcing a native title claim in the area, he is terrified that his dream of passing the family property on to his son-in-law will be shattered.

Includes an introduction by Professor Henry Reynolds and a foreword by Bob Munn (a Gunggari Native Title claimant).


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Cast : 3M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-728-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB