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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
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 : sharne@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
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
Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor
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Parramatta Girls / Eyes to the Floor

Alana Valentine
 
The inmates of The Girls Training School, Parramatta had about as hard an upbringing as you can get in Australia. But theirs is also one of the great untold stories of making good in tough times.

Parramatta Girls
Based on the testimony of dozens of GTS old-girls and this vibrant play is a joyous and harrowing dramatisation of the experiences of eight inmates and their reunion forty years later. Interspersed with song and storytelling, this is a tribute to mischief and humour in the face of hardship and inequality.


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Eyes to the Floor
Chronicles the experience of girls sent from Parramatta Girls Home to the Hay Girls Home for even more brutal, punitive treatment. Written to be played by young adults, this moving work emphasises the childlike vulnerability of the inmates in a world where they must find connection with each other in order to to survive. Artfully woven with movement, chorus work and poetry, it is a compelling companion work to Parramatta Girls.


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Cast : Parramatta Girls: 8F / Eyes to the Floor: 7F, 4M
Currency Press | 978-1-92500-516-5 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Remixing Politics
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Remixing Politics

CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident) / The Wages of Spin / Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue

Version 1.0
 
Remixing Politics  includes the texts of three documentary theatre productions from the acclaimed political performance group version 1.0, including  CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident)The Wages of Spin and  Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue. Featuring a new introduction from verbatim theatre expert Dr. Caroline Wake,  Remixing Politics is a truly unique collection, and an invaluable resource for theatre students, teachers, actors and scholars focused on contemporary documentary and verbatim theatre.

CMI (A Certain Maritime Incident)
Explores the notorious ‘children overboard’ affair of 2001, transforming a Senate Inquiry into public deception into a horribly funny tragedy.


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The Wages of Spin  
Cleverly examines the issues surrounding the ‘intelligence’ reports that were used as the pretext for Australia’s involvement in the Iraq war. Subversive, witty and playful,  The Wages of Spin juxtaposes the media’s obsession with stardom with the shocking realities of war.


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Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue  
Distils 8,800 pages of the Cole Inquiry into the ‘wheat-for-weapons’ scandal into provocative and entertaining theatre. Australian government ministers and Australian Wheat Board executives all seemed to suffer from collective amnesia about AWB paying Saddam Hussein’s regime $250 million in bribes even as Australia was preparing for war against Iraq.


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Cast : Certain Maritime Incident - 5M, 4F; Wages of Spin - 2M, 1F; Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue - 2M, 3F
Performance Rights : Version 1.0 - media@versiononepointzero.com
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-954-2 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
Run Rabbit Run
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Run Rabbit Run

Alana Valentine
 
When the National Rugby League thought they could jettison the Rabbitohs to streamline their competition they were in for a shock. South Sydney, a proud club that had won more premierships than any other, refused to lie down. Valentine’s play is a verbatim piece about the battle to overturn the decision. Based on extensive interviews with both the public faces of the campaign and the grassroots supporters, this is a story of passion and politics that goes beyond football. For when South Sydney came out fighting they proved the importance of community and the power of momentum. Their battle in the courts and streets of Sydney captured the imagination of the wider population as they successfully fought to regain the right to play league football at the top level.


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  • Listen to Alana Valentine - on verbatim theatre, and her inspiration for Run Rabbit Run
  • Listen to Kate Gaul - director of the world premiere production of  Run Rabbit Run at Belvoir in 2004 - talk about  preserving the authenticity of the ‘real people’   represented in the play.
  • Listen to Eliza Loganstar of the world premiere of  Run Rabbit Run,as she explains the differences between working on a verbatim text as opposed to a wholly imagined play.
  • Listen to Brian Thomson,  set designer for the world premiere production of  Run Rabbit Run, talking about the approach he took to designing for the Belvoir stage.
  •    Performance history at AusStage

Cast : 6M, 4F
Performance Rights : sharne@creativerep.com.au
Currency Press | 978-0-86819-747-0 | Sales rights: worldwide | PB
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