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Acts of Courage
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Acts of Courage

Roslyn Oades
 
Acts of Courage forges immediacy and honesty between a vast range of Australian stories, generating forgiveness and hope in the act. Oades’ unwavering loyalty to the words, sounds and silences of everyday conversations conveys a steadfast loyalty to the experiences and the people from which they come. This trilogy celebrates not only the Australian spirit through times of hardship, but everyday, extraordinary, acts of courage.

Stories of Love and Hate
Made in response to the 2005 Cronulla Riots, Stories of Love and Hate traces the lives and loves of the passionate people who were there.


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Fast Cars and Tractor Engines
Ordinary people tell extraordinary stories about the fight of their lives as cultures collide, punches are dodged and youthful confessions of love are shared ...


I'm Your Man
Set in a boxing ring I’m Your Man explores notions of masculinity, courage and respect.

The SBS produced an interactive documentary based on I'm Your Man, available online for free.  You can learn about famous figures Tony Mundine, Lionel Rose, Les Darcy, Johnny Famechon and Kostya Tszyu and also try out boxing for yourself.  This exciting resource is especially suited for teenage audiences, and could be used easily in the classroom.   Access it free here.


Cast : Doubling possible for all plays. Stories of Love & Hate: 16M, 12F / Fast Cars & Tractor Engines: 7M, 10F / I'm Your Man: 16M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-525-7 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Aftershocks
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Aftershocks

Paul Brown and the Workers Cultural Action Committ
 
A moving documentary play drawn from the traumatic recollections of members of the Newcastle Workers' Club, which was destroyed in the 1989 earthquake.


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Cast : 7M, 9F
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-650-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Beanfield, The
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Beanfield, The

Breach
 
One of the hits of Edinburgh 2015, The Beanfield is the boldy political first show from Warwick University graduates Breach Theatre.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of the Battle of the Beanfield – a brutal police crackdown on the annual Stonehenge Free Festival. Called away from policing the miners' strike to uphold a new injunction around the Stones, officers took the tactics of Orgreave to a field in Wiltshire – battering and injuring new age travellers, making mass-arrests and destroying their mobile homes. Performance makers Breach, and Guardian award-winning video artist Dorothy Allen-Pickard present a multimedia show set between the 1985 and 2015 summer solstice celebrations, reflecting on state violence, civic freedom and cultural heritage.

Oberon Books, UK | 978-1-78319-733-0 | Sales Rights: Australia/NZ only | PB
Bowerbird
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Bowerbird

The art of making theatre drawn from life

Alana Valentine
 
‘Mostly it feels like you don’t know—like you’re reaching for something that you can’t quite grab. Some writers talk about their fear of the blank page, but the playwright who draws work from life can have the opposite problem. Spoilt for choice. Presented with myriad possibilities and competing ideas of how to condense the source material or arrange it in a theatrically dynamic, original and compelling way. Lost in a sea of options, yet perversely obsessed with the interview not done, the perspective not transcribed, the final piece of the jigsaw forever elusive. And it’s not about a lack of confidence, although that can hum away in the background for longer than you might expect. It’s about not trying to have clarity. It’s about waiting until you do.’

So begins Bowerbird, a journey through the life and plays of Alana Valentine, as well as the creative process behind the plays. One of Australia’s most inventive playwrights, Alana shows the power of bringing new audiences into our theatres to share the space with traditional audiences, detailing how to gather and transform lived experience into compelling drama. In Bowerbird she reveals the motor of her artistry by combining stories from her life with observations from her experience.

‘Bowerbird is written with all the humanity, wisdom, humour and generosity that we recognise and love in Alana Valentine’s work. This is much more than a guide for aspiring writers: this is a book for anyone who loves theatre, its power and its people.’  Neil Armfield AO

Currency Press | 978-1-92500-567-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Cyberbile / Grounded
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Cyberbile / Grounded

Alana Valentine
 
Multi-award winning playwright Alana Valentine brings us two plays that deal head-on with teenage issues fraught with difficulty: bullying, belonging, isolation, identity. 

Cyberbile

A candid, moving and sometimes shocking glimpse into the online world of today’s teen generation. Based on interviews conducted by students, with teachers, parents and their fellow students, Cyberbile is a verbatim-based drama which speaks from and to the hearts of Australia’s young adults.


Grounded

Set against the backdrop of one of the most intriguing events in Newcastle’s recent history—the grounding of the Pasha Bulka—this is a coming-of-age tale centred around Farrah, a young Novocastrian with a fascination for Newcastle’s industrial port. Through her obsession we explore universal themes of isolation, belonging and identity and that time in your life when the obsessions of childhood get grounded in reality.


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Cast : 3F, 1-12 figures (non-gender specific);7M, 9F doubling possible
Performance Rights : wendy.howell@creativerep.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-984-9 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Grace Under Pressure
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Grace Under Pressure

David Williams/Paul Dwyer
 

Grace Under Pressure is a verbatim theatre project about the workplace and training cultures that are making young health professionals sick – and which put patient lives at risk.

Acclaimed verbatim theatre makers David Williams and Paul Dwyer, in collaboration with the Sydney Arts and Health Collective, have developed Grace Under Pressure from interviews with doctors and nurses at various stages of their careers. Grace Under Pressure will open a critical space for conversation about these often taboo issues, and will be an important public intervention into medical culture, as well as a compelling, confronting, hopeful and deeply moving work of theatre.

Grace Under Pressure has been co-commissioned by Seymour Centre and The Big Anxiety, and developed with the support of the Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney. The Big Anxiety has been assisted by the Australian government through the Department of Communication and the Arts’ Catalyst—Australian Arts and Culture Fund.

Cast : 10F, 9M (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-179-7 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Ladies Day
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Ladies Day

Alana Valentine
 

Shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Award for playwriting.

It’s Ladies Day at the Broome races and the divinely beautiful Mike is the toast of the track. But amongst the froth and festivity, a brutal act of violence reminds us that life is not just all swishy hemlines, debonair gents and fascinators galore.

Alana Valentine is one of Australia’s best playwrights. Known for her incredibly successful verbatim works, she takes her interviews and research with individuals and communities, and mixes them with a healthy dose of drama. The result is powerful, thought-provoking theatre in which the voices of her protagonists ring absolutely true.

Alana spent months interviewing the gay community of Broome to create a play that asks questions about tolerance, isolation, love, hope and the right to have your story told.

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Shortlisted for the 2017 NSW Premier's Literary Award for playwriting
Cast : 3F, 4M, doubling possible
 | 978-1-92500-564-6 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Letters to Lindy
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Letters to Lindy

Alana Valentine
 
"The most powerful thing that has been done on my story, and the most true to what I lived through."  –  Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton

The court case captivated a nation. A mother accused of murdering her child, her claim – that the baby was taken by a dingo – denied and discredited by zealous police and a flawed legal system. The media circus, the rumours, the nation’s prejudices laid bare. And in the eye of the storm: Lindy Chamberlain-Creighton.

Over three decades, from baby Azaria’s death to the final coroner’s report, the public’s fascination with Lindy seldom waned. The National Library holds a collection of more than 20,000 letters to Lindy. From sympathy to abuse, from marriage proposals to death threats, the correspondence traverses the gamut of responses to Lindy’s story.

Letters to Lindy draws on this correspondence and interviews with Lindy herself. It is an enthralling, revealing, and long overdue dialogue between Lindy and the nation; a portrait of the wisdom and resilience of a grieving mother.

This new work by award-winning playwright Alana Valentine ( Ladies Day, Parramatta Girls) explores the public’s relationship with one of Australia’s most iconic figures.

"A fascinating collage of Australian attitudes to grief, justice,celebrity, and women who do not conform."  Sydney Morning Herald

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Cast : 2F, 2M
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-024-0 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Long Tan
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Long Tan

Verity Laughton
 

This is Phuoc Tuy Province, South Vietnam, August 1966. This is a rubber plantation called Long Tan.

This is blood and mud and sweat-sodden heat. It’s gunfire, mortars and pounding rain. It’s 108 Australians and New Zealanders and 2,500 Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Army soldiers locked in a ferocious battle. For the young men fighting through the raging monsoon, it’s something like the end of the world.

After the battle, 17 Australians (plus another lost later from wounds) and more than 245 Vietnamese would lie dead. Many more would carry enduring physical and emotional scars of their experiences that day.

Verity Laughton’s intense and moving semi-verbatim play is composed from interviews with the surviving Australian soldiers, Vietnamese contributors, and the family and friends of those who died. More than a recounting of one battle, it is an exploration of the trauma of war, the fractures in collective memory, and the need to forgive.

‘And tonight I will have another sleepless night.
We always do. The worst time in our lives is August.
We don’t sleep in August.’

Cast : 1F, 11M (doubling possible)
Currency Press | 978-1-76062-241-1 | Sales rights: worldwide, except Aust/NZ | PB
Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian Women and the Vietnam War
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Minefields and Miniskirts: Australian Women and the Vietnam War

Terence O’Connell
 

If history is told by the victors, the story of war is usually told by the blokes. Now it's the ‘sheilas' turn. Nearly a thousand Australian women had a part in the Vietnam War as entertainers, typists, consular staff and army nurses. The one thing they have in common is that their lives were changed forever by Vietnam. For many of them it was the most vital and alive they have ever felt.

Minefields and Miniskirts records the voices of those who were actually there; ordinary woman revealing how they survived a war and discovered what they believed in. Adapted from Siobhan McHugh's book, this play reveals through a collage of true stories, the extraordinary experiences of ordinary women in surviving a war.

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Cast : 5F
Performance Rights : Ken Moffatt - kmoffat@loulakiblue.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-762-3 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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