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VANESSA BATES has written successful plays for theatre, television, film and radio. She has been an affiliate playwright of the Sydney Theatre Company with plays also produced by Griffin Theatre and NIDA. Her work has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award and the Patrick White Playwright Award .

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Checklist For An Armed Robber
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Checklist For An Armed Robber

Vanessa Bates
In 2002, a young man rehearses for his first armed robbery on a bookstore in Newcastle. On the other side of the world, Chechen rebels hold siege of the Moscow Theatre, demanding liberation. One is a local, small time theft and the other an international political crisis, but both are born of a similar futility and powerlessness to be heard.

Moving back and forth between Moscow and Newcastle, these real events are the basis for this exploration on what drives such acts of terror and the impact they hold on the victims - the perspective from both ends of the gun.


  • 2006 VIC Premier’s Literary Awards - Louis Esson Prize (shortlist)
  • 2006 Griffin Award (shortlist)
  • 2006 ANPC/New Dramatists Award (shortlist)
  • 2005 AWGIEs - Best Radio Adaptation
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-863-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Short Circuit
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Short Circuit

Vanessa Bates et al
Over three years, Australia's new writing theatre, Griffin Theatre Company, presented fourteen unique short plays across its mainstage seasons. Seen for one night only, The Fates, Seasons and The Seven Needs were three play-cycles provoked by the classical mythology of humanity's inescapable destiny, the seasonal patterns and Maslow's Pyramid of Human Needs. 

Now, this eclectic and fascinating collaboration of ten-minute plays by some of the country's most established and emerging playwrights becomes Short Circuit. 
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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-866-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB