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NICK ENRIGHT (1950–2003) trained for the theatre at New York University School of Arts after early experience in Australia including with Nimrod and MTC. He was an actor, director and teacher as well as a writer. His plays include On the Wallaby, Daylight Saving, St James Infirmary, Mongrels, A Property of the Clan, The Quartet from Rigoletto, Blackrock, Good Works, Spurboard and A Man with Five Children. With Justin Monjo he adapted Tim Winton's Cloudstreet for the stage. He has also written for film and television, including co-writing with George Miller the screenplay for Lorenzo's Oil which was nominated for an Oscar. He has written a number of musicals including The Venetian Twins and Summer Rain with composer Terence Clarke. He wrote the book for the Australian production of The Boy From Oz. Among many awards were two Green Room Awards for Best Play, and four Gold AWGIE Awards, the 1998 Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award and the NSW Premiers' Special Award.

As well as being a prolific writer, Nick was a noted acting teacher, particularly at NIDA and WAAPA.

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Blackrock (Play)
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Blackrock (Play)

Nick Enright
 
It’s Toby Ackland’s birthday party down near the surf club—and that should mean heaps of grog, drugs and good clean fun. But by the morning a young girl is dead—raped by three boys and bashed with a rock.

Who is responsible? The boy? The girl? Or the whole town.

Blackrock is an intimate and strongly shaped human drama which examines the social forces behind the impulse to violence in individual lives.

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Cast : 6M, 5F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-477-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Cloudstreet
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Cloudstreet

Nick Enright & Justin Monjo
 
A sprawling stage adaptation of Tim Winton’s award-winning novel. Cloudstreet follows the fluctuating fortunes of two families who inhabit a rambling old house in Perth.

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Cast : 8M, 6F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-589-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Daylight Saving
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Daylight Saving

Nick Enright
 

While Tom is away, an old boyfriend pays a surprise visit to his wife at home. Her plans for a candle-lit reunion go awry when her highly-stressed neighbour and her mother drop in.

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Cast : 3M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-265-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Good Works
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Good Works

Nick Enright
 
Spanning several decades and three generations, this compelling play exposes some of the darker moments in the histories of two Irish Catholic families.


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Cast : 3M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-433-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Man with Five Children, A
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Man with Five Children, A

Nick Enright
 
Gerry is a documentary filmmaker who, one day each year, follows five children around with a camera. The results are shown annually on television. For the children who grow up under Gerry’s (and the nation’s) watchful eyes, the experience creates its own dynamic. Are the participants his subjects, his children or his creations? Spanning more than twenty years, A Man With Five Children invites you into a world of fractured celebrity and distorted vision.


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Cast : 6M, 3F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-691-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Mongrels
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Mongrels

Nick Enright
 
Inspired by two Australian playwrights prominent in the 1970s, Jim McNeil and Peter Kenna, Mongrels looks at the difficulties and complexities faced by the creative artist in life and art.

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   Review
  • A violent prison playwright searches for tenderness in his work. Another writer, tender at heart, but icily self-protective... searches for energy in his life . - John McCallum, The Australian

Cast : 3M, 3F
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-363-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Property of the Clan, A
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Property of the Clan, A

Nick Enright
 
Reprinting: new stock due in warehouse on 18 July

When a young girl is murdered at the hands of one of her male contemporaries, what is the aftermath? How will her friends cope? How can such violence be understood? A Property of the Clan deals with these issues with honesty, sensitivity and intelligence.

Cast : 3M, 1F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-360-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Servant of Two Masters, The
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Servant of Two Masters, The

Currency Classics

Carlo Goldoni adapted by Nick Enright & Ron Blair
 
A rough and tumble, lightning paced world of street theatre and strolling players—the crowning glory of the Commedia del’Arte tradition that so influenced Shakespeare’s comedies and western theatrics.

Truffaldino couldn’t be happier with his change of circumstance balancing two jobs and earning double the wage. But his ‘masters’ turn out to be separated lovers on the run staying at the same inn. With one disguised as a man, the wily Truffaldino tries to handle the chaos. Hoop-la and hilarity take hold in this comedy of love gone wrong and mistaken identity in romantic Venice. This version of the play was produced by Bell Shakespeare—to critical acclaim—in 2003 with a return season in 2004.

 

   Review
  • Genuinely funny... it’s theatre at its purest - The Australian
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Cast : 3F, 10M
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-881-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Spurboard
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Spurboard

Nick Enright
 
Greg spends his spare time gazing at the stars while his brother Mitchell prefers the mud of the rodeo arena. Karen and Amy are friends with wildly different ambitions. Juggling the demands of parents, friends and their own dreams, these four teenagers learn that adulthood begins with a voyage of self-discovery.

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Cast : 7M, 9F + extras (doubling required)
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-643-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
St James Infirmary
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St James Infirmary

Nick Enright
 
As protesters march against the Vietnam War, boys in a Catholic school prepare for their final exams. One student paints an anti-war mural in the cadet drill hall and is forced to confront the consequences of his action.

 

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Cast : 4M, 2F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-344-1 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Summer Rain
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Summer Rain

Nick Enright & Terence Clarke
 
An outback town, Boxing Day, 1945. The dust settles as the populace nurses a Christmas hangover. When Harold Slocum of Slocum’s Travelling Tent Show becomes stranded, emotions run high and the sedentary life of the town is disturbed by the remembrance of an illicit affair. In this bittersweet musical, which is at once humorous and sensitive, new life is breathed into the rural community.


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Cast : 5M, 7F
Performance Rights : www.hlamgt.com.au/rights/
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-563-6 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Venetian Twins, The
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Venetian Twins, The

Nick Enright & Terence Clarke
 
This comedy of love and errors set somewhere between Verona and Jindyworobak has entranced audiences for over twenty years. An entertaining romp which puts an Australian spin on Goldoni’s classic Italian farce.


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Cast : 7M, 3F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-474-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB