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Biography

Noëlle Janaczewska  is a playwright, poet, essayist, and the author of The Book of Thistles (UWA Publishing, 2017). Much of her work deals with history’s gaps and silences, focusing on people, plants, creatures and events which have been overlooked or marginalised in official records. Noëlle’s work has been produced, broadcast and published locally and internationally, and in 2014 she received a prestigious Windham-Campbell Prize from Yale for her body of work as a dramatist. In Australia her plays and audio scripts have won a Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, the Playbox-Asialink Playwriting Competition, the Griffin Award and nine AWGIE Awards. Noëlle also presents performance essays—a term she coined to describe a hybrid which mashes the essay and the monologue with a range of other sources and genres. Blasted Island—Nauru’s backstory was part of the Sydney Opera House Festival of Dangerous Ideas, and in 2015 Noëlle presented Dear Scott— her collected letters to the then Minister for Immigration. Recent productions include Seoul City Sue for ABC Radio National and the Children’s Audio Tour for the National Museum of Australia and the British Museum’s Rome: City and Empire exhibition, both in 2018.

For more information on Noëlle and her work, visit her website: https://noelle-janaczewska.com

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Good with Maps/Teacup in a Storm
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Good with Maps/Teacup in a Storm

Noëlle Janaczewska
 
GOOD WITH MAPS

When the world map was full of gaps, the Amazon topped the list of places unknown to western explorers. In the twenty-first century are there any ‘unknowns’ left? On a trip to the Amazon, the writer ponders this and other questions as she struggles to deal with her father’s journey through Parkinson’s disease towards what is perhaps our last great unknown—death. Good with Maps is sad and confronting, but it’s also funny and thoughtful, celebrating the power of literature to transport us to places both real and imagined.

‘This is a complex, deeply rewarding piece of theatre, one that balances cerebral exuberance with shattering emotional power.’ David Kettle, The List (Edinburgh Festival)

TEACUP IN A STORM 

The jungle of bureaucracy, the drudgery of cleaning up yet another shattered plate, the isolation of responsibility. Caring for someone with a disability or enduring health need is no fairytale. But in this mix of documentary and fictional narrative, Noëlle Janaczewska weaves a story of heroines and dragons—and battles fought both inside and out. Teacup in a Storm is a window into the largely unseen world of carers and the power of love and determination.

Winner of the 2017 AWGIE Award for Community and Youth Theatre.

Cast : 1F; 10F, 1M (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-240-4 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Songket / This Territory
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Songket / This Territory

Noëlle Janaczewska
 
Songket 
What happens when one person's culture is another's crime?

Koua Neng Vang, a Hmong migrant, is accused of raping Chan, a young textile designer. Was it sexual assault? Or did Koua recognise, in Chan's confused signals, the enduring rituals of courtship?

Songket is about different cultural notions of love and how the law does, or doesn't, accommodate cultural diversity.


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  • A beautiful and thought-provoking new play . . . this is a major new work by one of our best writers. -   The Australian

This Territory
Developed in the wake of the 2005 Cronulla riots through a 6-month research and consultation process with young people across Sydney.

The play centres on a violent incident witnessed by a large group of young people, but they disagree about its details and their significance. In trying to get the story straight, the characters start to navigate relationships across the boundaries of ethnicity, gender, education and prejudice. They are Australia – a hotbed of cultures, and they are on fire.

 

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Cast : Songket - 3F, 4M / This Territory - 9F, 8M
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-830-9 | PB