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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.

   

   Awards
  • 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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Cast : 2M, 2F
Performance Rights : Elizabeth Troyeur & Associates Pty Ltd - info@troyeur.com.au
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. 
Cast : various
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-866-8 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Trailer
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Trailer

Vanessa Bates
 
All Jed’s friends have moved to the city, but he still lives with his two mothers in a small town between the beach and the bush, on a train line with a city at either end. Waiting.

He’s not sure what he’s waiting for, but in the meantime he works at the council investigating sinkholes in people’s backyards. Since finishing high school, the frustrations of coastal life are looming large. And something is being hidden from him about the illness facing one of his mothers.

This honest coming-of-age story finds friendship and humour in unexpected places. Introducing a cast of complex characters working through the everyday, Trailer is a darkly comic play set along the train tracks of New South Wales. Nominated for the 2017 AWGIE Award for Community and Youth Theatre.

‘The kind of reflection that one feels riding a quiet train in regional Australia.’ The Follower

‘The story kicks me right in the feels […] profound and accessible.’ Newcastle Live

‘[A] snapshot of regional suburban Australian life.’ StageWhispers
Cast : 2F, 6M (doubling possible) + extras
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-186-5 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB